Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving terrorist from the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was hanged to death on Wednesday at Yerwada Jail in Pune. Kasab was executed at 7:30am at Yerwada jail in Pune in Maharashtra after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy plea earlier this month.
“Pakistan has been informed but there is no demand for Kasab’s body. The president rejected Kasab’s mercy petition Nov 5. I had further forwarded it to the Maharashtra government Nov 8,” Shinde told mediapersons.
Maharashtra home minister RR Patil on Wednesday termed it as ‘a tribute to people killed in the attacks and a message that India will not tolerate terrorism’.”He was hanged at 7:30am this (Wednesday) morning,” RR Patil told reporters at a press conference in Mumbai. The mercy petition of Kasab was rejected by the President, which we received on November 8 after which we have executed him,” he said. Kasab’s end came just five days before the fourth anniversary of the brutal terror attacks. The Nov 26-29, 2008 terror siege had claimed 166 lives. According to sources in the home department, Kasab said that he had no last wish before he was executed. Kasab was reportedly moved to the Yerawada jail in a secret operation few days ago. His body will not be sent to Pakistan for burial as they had not accepted him as as their citizen. The Maharashtra home department is completing their paper work on the same and will be announcing his burial details.
Advocate Ujwal Nikam who was the public prosecutor in this case expressed happiness over the move.”Yes, Kasab has been hanged this (Wednesday) morning at 7.30 a.m. in Yerawada Central Jail,” special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who led the 26/11 terror attacks case, said.
The move is a strong political message sent by the government before the start of Parliament session and ahead of the Gujarat elections. The decision came two months after the home ministry rejected Kasab’s mercy petition addressed to the President.
Ajmal Kasab and nine fellow Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists had sailed into Mumbai on November 26, 2008 from Karachi and gone on a shooting spree that killed 166 people. Kasab was the only one captured alive by security forces. Kasab was sentenced to death in May 2010 after he was found guilty of a string of charges, including waging war against India, murder and terrorist acts. During the 2008 attacks, the heavily armed terrorists stormed targets in Mumbai including luxury hotels, a Jewish centre, a hospital and a bustling train station.
India blames the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant organisation for training, equipping and financing the gunmen with support from “elements” in the Pakistan military.