The U.S. court's acquittal of Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana on charges of abetting the Mumbai terror attacks could be a critical development in the 26/11 terror trial. But for the families and victims of the attacks, it holds little significance.
Shantanu Saikia lost his wife Sabina Sehgal Saikia in the siege of the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel. “Our family has not followed Rana's nor Kasab's trial,” Mr. Saikia told The Hindu on the phone. “They did what they had to do. They might have had reasons for doing it. But we are not [following the developments]. That is not going to bring Sabina back.
“My philosophy is very different. As a family we decided we are not going to go down the road of seeking revenge. We forgive all the chaps involved. We want to deal with our loss with equanimity, fortitude and love,” Mr. Saikia said.
Vaishali Ombale, daughter of Tukaram Ombale, who died while intercepting Kasab said those with “even the slightest involvement” should be punished. Calling for the extradition of Rana and David Headley for interrogation here, she said: “The government should take the 26/11 matter seriously. I have always said that all the guilty persons should be punished.”
Baby Chowdhury, wife of Shyamsunder Chowdhury who was injured in the 26/11 attacks, said she watched Rana's interrogation news on television for some time. “I don't feel like watching them [reports of 26/11] anymore. The U.S. only thinks of itself. There is no point talking about this [Rana's acquittal].
“We have already taken Kasab. I think the Indian government should hand over Kasab, Headley and Rana to us [people] and we will decide what's to be done.”