`Kasab deserves no mercy`, says disabled girl`s father
Father of the 11-year-old girl disabled by the bullets of Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab is still an angry man.
Mumbai: Father of the 11-year-old girl
disabled by the bullets of Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab is
still an angry man.
On the fateful night of November 26, Natwarlal Rotawan
was waiting at the Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) with his
daughter Devika and son Akash for a train when two terrorists
opened fire at the station.
Natwarlal, who runs a dry fruit shop at Kalbadevi in
South Mumbai says Kasab must be hanged in full view of public.
"He has killed innocent people and deserves no mercy.
The court must give him death penalty," a visibly annoyed
"That blood thirsty Kasab ruined my daughter`s life. Now
who will marry her. Her future is dark," an emotional
In June last year, Devika and Natwarlal identified Kasab
in court as one of the two gunmen who had opened fire at her
and other passengers at CST. Though the little girl is in deep
pain and is too young to understand terrorism says she wants
to eradicate terrorism and would do it by joining police
"I don`t want other children to face what I had to go
through. I do not want people to become a victim of terror. I
will join police force and remove terrorism and hatred. I want
peace everywhere," Devika said.
I will soon join an English medium school, study hard so
that I can join police force, she said.
The girl is in no mood to let the disability dictate
terms. "I am not afraid of them. I want to fight them all,"
Talking about the ill-fated day that changed her life
drastically, Devika said, "How can I forget that night, when I
saw people killed in front of me. It was scary and horrible to
see all that. Whenever I see Kasab on TV, I get very angry,"
"We were waiting for a train to Pune. We heard
gunshots and saw two people with guns...firing at people just
like in movies. I saw people running helter-skelter. While we
were running, I was hit by a bullet and fell to the ground,"
Devika remembers what happened on 26/11 as if it happened
Devika, who is forced to rely on her crutches, loved
to play hide and seek and cricket but feels low when she sees
other children playing.
"When I see others playing, I also feel like same, the
sad part is I am unable to play now," she said.