October 21, 2014

Mumbai attacker Ajmal Kasab hanged to death

By Sayed Jawad - Wed Nov 21 2012, 9:15 am

Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving terrorist from the 26/11 terror attack, was hanged to death at the Yerawada Jail in Pune this morning, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil on Wednesday said.

Home minister Sushil Shinde quoted by Times of India (TOI) said, “Kasab was hanged at 7:30 am. President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected the Kasab’s mercy petition on November 6. President signed the Kasab’s death sentence file on November 5 and I also signed it on November 8. Later, on November 8, it was decided that Ajmal Kasab will be hanged on November 21.”

When asked if a death warrant was issued, Shinde said in the negative. In fact, the process leading up to execution was kept unusually top secret in a bid to avoid political wranglings over the hanging issue.

“The secrecy was necessary as it was a high-profile operation. The Pakistani high commission was informed of the decision to hang Kasab, but it was ignored,” added Shinde.

He appealed in the Supreme Court claiming he did not receive a fair trial but his petition was struck down on August 29 this year.

“Due process of law has been followed,” Maharashtra home minister R R Patil said adding that hanging came after the President of India rejected his mercy petition on November 8.

“This is a true homage to the innocent victims, including policemen and security personnel, who laid down their lives,” 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.

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