Day after crash, Mumbai's 'Kasab bridge' razed

Mumbai, March 15 (IANS): A day after a portion of the footbridge outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) crashed killing six persons and injuring 32 others, the civic authorities on Friday ordered demolition of the remaining structure.

A team of workers clambered up and started breaking the bridge apart. The work is expected to be completed later tonight.

Often referred to as the 'Kasab bridge', the footbridge connects the suburban and harbour line platforms of Central Railway with a narrow BT Lane exiting to the historic Azad Maidan.

This was the bridge the Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab and his fidayeen partner Ismail Khan climbed to go to the Madam Cama & Albless Hospital after killing 58 people in the CSMT on the night of November 26, 2008.

After killing five persons in the vicinity of the hospital, Kasab and Khan hijacked a vehicle and proceeded towards the VVIP Malabar Hill area for further attacks.

Their victims at the hospital complex included some of the finest police officers of the city, including then ATS chief Hemant Karkare.

On November 27, the Kasab-Khan duo was stopped by a police team at Girgaum Chowpatty. In the ensuing gunbattle, Khan and several policemen were killed but Kasab was caught alive.

He was tried and sentenced to death. Kasab was hanged secretly in Pune's Yerawada Central Jail on November 21, 2012 at sunrise.

After 11 years, the so-called 'Kasab bridge' also bit the dust as the workmen were in the final stages of demolishing it.

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  • sonam, atmapur

    Mon, Mar 18 2019

    i think kasab is back..

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Sun, Mar 17 2019

    Right now I can only pray that the souls of the people who perished in the OF Kasab bridge and wish a speedy recovery of those injured in the crash of the bridge. Government officials will now wake up from their sleep and do their work which was not done before. It is a shame. I was a Mumbaikar born and brought till I finished my college and got a job in the Dubai. Iraq/ Kuwait through my company and finally migrated to US which really gave me an opening in life for me, my wife and my daughter and son who are well settled in NEW YORK. Me and my wife are retired after thirty long years working for different hospitals. God has blessed us with all what we have. Life is tough wherever we go but we have to take the challenge.

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 16 2019

    Oh we have Kasab Bridge 🙄😲

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  • GD, Udupi

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Pay taxes get facilities like crashings bridges, overcrowded stations, dirty trains, Abusive BEST bus staff, potholes with some concrete called a road, looters in form of auto drivers, arrogant taxi drivers, all forms of pollution and water supply problem. Mumbaikars are used to this. Probably these are steps to control population.

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