Mumbai: Shopkeepers near the Arthur Road
prison are praying for early execution of Ajmal Kasab`s death
sentence for a somewhat different reason -- revival of their
business affected by the presence of the Pakistani terrorist
in the high-security jail.
"We are all now praying that Kasab is hanged as early
as possible so that we can live a normal life," Shopkeeper
Suraj Mehta, whose shop is opposite to the heavily guarded
Though the shopkeepers are as happy as their countrymen
and women, they complain that till the time Kasab remains in
the jail their trade would continue to suffer.
They are now praying that Kasab is shifted out of the
prison or hanged as early as possible.
"We are indeed happy that Kasab got the death penalty
and justice finally delivered. However, till such time as he
remains here, there would be great inconvenience to us
(shopkeepers) and residents of the area. Our businesses will
be affected," Mehta said.
Earlier, Mehta had filed a petition in the Bombay High
Court complaining about the inconvenience caused to residents
in the vicinity of the prison in central Mumbai.
Voicing a similar grievance, Kishore Bhatt, another
shopkeeper told PTI, "We had earlier thought that once the
judgement is pronounced, our woes would come to an end. But
now we realise we might not get relief for some more time."
There are around 60 shops in the vicinity of the court,
which has been partially closed for security reasons and the
shopkeepers complained that they have witnessed a decline in
their businesses in the past year.
"For over a year we have suffered losses as people
without identity cards issued by the police, are not allowed
to enter the premise around the jail. As a result, our
businesses have suffered," Mehta said.