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Monday, December 22, 2014

26/11 terror affected stray dog passes away !!

Today, Rajya Sabha unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the grant of bail to Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.  The House asked Pakistan to ensure that no perpetrator of any terrorist activity goes unpunished. Chairperson Hamid Ansari said the House expresses its grave concern at the numerous delays in the prosecution of Lakhvi and the apathetic attitude of the Government of Pakistan, which resulted in the grant of bail to him. He said the House also notes that the bail was granted just one day after the tragic killing of 145 children and other persons in Peshawar in a terrorist attack.

The House called upon the Government of Pakistan to proceed strongly with its declared intention to appeal against the bail judgement, and ensure that no perpetrator of any terrorist activity be allowed to go unpunished and the infrastructure of terrorism in that country is dismantled immediately.  Earlier a day after Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to root out terrorism and lifted a ban on the death penalty in terror cases, an anti-terror court in Islamabad has granted bail to Lakhvi saying the prosecution has been unable to provide evidence against him. Lakhvi was among seven people arrested in the Mumbai attacks trial in Pakistan in 2009.

India can never forget 26/11 when the Nation was under siege by militants from across the border.  On 21st Nov 2012, -  Ajmal Kasab, the living  face of Mumbai terror  was hanged, almost  4 years after that incident that shocked India and entire World. The Nation can never forget that dreaded  day in 2008 when  Kasab and nine Pakistani gunmen launched a bloody attack on multiple locations in south Mumbai. Kasab and another gunman attacked Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in south Mumbai shooting train commuters. Over 50 persons were killed and over 100 injured. They then killed the state anti-terror squad chief and two other senior police officers near Cama Hospital.

In this great Nation of ours, even the killer was given a fair trial – the entire legal process unfolded with Kasab being served food and he asking for Urudu papers and more.  India took  the trouble to conduct and ensure, that it believed in a proper justice system and would deal with attacks against its people according to the law.

There were so many victims whose pathetic cases were buried deep – here is a peculiar one reported in Times of India, that of a canine this time.   At Mumbai,  Sheru, a stray dog who took terrorists' bullets at CST during the 2611 attack died of a cardiac arrest on Saturday.  Said to be around 14, Sheru had suffered a leg injury recently , said Dr Mayur Dangar, manager at the Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA). It is stated that the leg injury was not the cause of the death though. 

Sheru's remains were consigned to flames at a crematorium on the hospital premises in Parel. The hospital staff and associates were in attendance at the special funeral ceremony . The stray canine had been living on the streets outside the CST till it was hit by two bullets when the station became one of the targets of terrorists on November 26, 2008. Admitted to the hospital soon after, the dog was christened Sheru at the facility. While the bullet that had pierced Sheru's back was extricated in a surgery conducted at the hospital, the other one remained lodged in his neck till the end. Dangar said the reason the second bullet was not removed was that it had lodged itself in the respiratory tract.

“It was not possible to remove it,“ Dangar said. “Had we even tried, it would have damaged Sheru's respiratory tract.“ Sandip Chavan, a ward boy at the veterinary hospital who regularly tended to Sheru described the dog as a friend and member of the family.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

22nd Dec 2014.

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