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Ajmal Kasab hanged till death in India

21 November, 2012

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NEW DELHI: The sole surviving Mumbai gunman, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, was quietly hanged in India for his involvement in the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, our sources reported.

Reports have it that he was transferred to Pune's Yerwada jail from Mumbai in a covert manner as Indian government did not want to draw too much hype to this high-profile hanging.

The executioner put the noose around Kasab's neck and pulled the lever at 7:30 AM Indian Standard Time. The doctors declared him dead soon after the hanging, said media.

He was shifted to Yerwada Cental Jail from Mumbai as it was the nearest prison equipped with gallows. Reports are also doing rounds in the Indian media as to who executed Kasab for Yerwada jail does not have a dedicated public executioner.

Government of India had code-named Kasab's hanging as "Operation X", reports added.

Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil in a press conference confirmed that Ajmal Kasab was hanged till death in Yerwada jail.

"Kasab's hanging is a tribute to the martyrs of Mumbai attacks", said he talking to newsmen at his residence.

Moreover, Indian media also reported that Kasab's body would not be handed over to Pakistan.

Kasab neither left a will behind nor did he have a last wish to make before his hanging, reports added.

Earlier on Tuesday, the President of India Pranab Mukherjee had rejected the mercy petition filed by Ajmal Kasab.

He was sentenced to death for his involvement in the November 26, 2008 terror attack on Mumbai in which 166 people including foreigners were killed.

Earlier in October, the Indian Home Ministry had rejected the mercy plea of Kasab. The ministry had sent its recommendation to President Pranab Mukherjee.

Reportedly, he was kept in a bomb-proof and an egg-shaped cell at the maximum security Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, from where the Indian government Kasab secretly shifted him to Pune's Yerwada Central Jail.

The Indian Supreme Court upheld Kasab's conviction and death sentence in August this year.

Kasab was the only terrorist captured alive after the attacks in Mumbai that began on November 26, 2008.

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Reader Comments:

IT IS TOO LATE IN OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM

WHEN KASAB IS CONVICTED FOR THE SENTENCE OF HANGING TILL DEATH, THEIR CO VICTIM ARE NOW MOVE FREELY. WHAT STEP HAVE BEEN TAKEN

CHITTA RANJAN MOHANTY, India - 21 November, 2012

"Kasab's hanging is a tribute to the martyrs of Mumbai attacks"

DeshBhakt, - 21 November, 2012

Why it took so much time

vaibhav, - 21 November, 2012

Justice or not

Justice done or not. Well for those who lost their close ones in Mumbai violence and for many Indians and people all over the world, Kasab's hanging might be justified. Im an Indian and when I saw the bloodshed in 2008, even I wanted him to be hanged. But while today reading the background of his family, his upbringing and the fact that he was just in his early 20's when he committed the terrorist act, makes me think that the real reason behind all this was poverty and his exploitation by the so called trainers. I read somewhere that he was promised 1 lac rupees to do the job. He and his family must have been extremely poor that he agreed to do risk his life at such a young age for such a petty amount, and for whom, his family, his younger sister and brother. Human beings are not animals but circumstances force them to behave like one. If people have jobs, a decent income to make their basic necessities meet, no one will take such a route. Kasab was perhaps too young to understand the route he took...and unfortunately there was no turning back for him...I feel it was only his family condition which forced him to take the gun. Like any other guy, if he had resources for education, or even to take up a vocational course and get into a job, he wouldn't have taken this route. For that matter, no one would. People play politics with human mind. They forget to that they also have to answer the god one day. Somehow, I am not sure how I'm feeling today, but am not happy to hear too much about kasab's hanging and feel sorry for the poor guy and his family.

Xyz, India - 21 November, 2012

Just one question.. Why don't you atleast mention that he was pakistani?

Abhay, India - 21 November, 2012

istera ager pak me bhee kuch log henged ho jaen to bohat acha ho jea ga

naheed talib, - 22 November, 2012

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