Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist caught alive during the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai in 2008, was hanged at the Yerawada Jail in Pune at 7.30 am today. His mercy plea had been rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee on November 5.
After the petition was rejected by Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Lashkar-e-Toiba operative was shifted from his high-security Arthur Road Jail cell in Mumbai to the Pune jail.
Since his arrest in 2008, Kasab was kept in the bulletproof cell in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail. He was sentenced to death by the Bombay High Court in October last year; he was convicted on charges ranging from treason to waging war against India. He then appealed to the Supreme Court, which ruled against him in August this year.
Kasab’s mercy petition was filed first with the Maharashtra Home Ministry, which rejected it in September, and forwarded it to the Union Home Ministry. Then in October, the Home Ministry recommended that President Pranab Mukherjee reject his plea.
166 people were killed in the 26/11 attacks in 2008, when 10 men from Pakistan sailed into Mumbai. They split into pairs, and spent 72 hours targeting the city’s landmarks. A hospital was attacked; so was a Jewish centre. Kasab was the only terrorist who was caught alive. NDTV