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Ajmal Kasab hanged at Pune prison

Pune: Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist responsible for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, was hanged at Pune's Yerawada Jail on Wednesday morning.

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Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil said."All the legal procedures in the 26/11 terror attacks case were completed. He was sentenced by the trial court, which was upheld by the Bombay High Court, Supreme Court, and his mercy plea was rejected by the President.

Accordingly, Kasab has been hanged on Wednesday morning at 7.30 am in Yerawada Central Jail," Patil told mediapersons. Kasab's mercy petition was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday night. Shortly thereafter, in the dead of the night, Kasab was shifted amid top secrecy and tight security to Pune's high security Yerawada jail and in the morning, at 7.30 am, he was hanged in the jail premises after which a team of doctors declared him dead.

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"The External Affairs Ministry through our mission in Islamabad had informed the Pakistan government about Kasab's hanging. When they did not accept the letter, they were communicated through fax," Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told reporters.

Shinde said so far no one has claimed the body of 25-year-old Kasab and if Pakistan claims it, India would give it to the neighbouring country.

NATION REACTS TO THE DECISIVE DECISION

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: BJP

"Better late than never. Kasab's hanging will act as a balm on the wounds of the people of Mumbai but their wounds are still fresh. They will get relief only when Kasab's handler's across the border are brought to justice," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.

IT IS VICTORY FOR THE COUNTRY: UJJWAL NIKAM

"It is victory for the country. By hanging Kasab, we have paid homage to all those policemen and innocent persons who lost their lives," special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said.

AJMAL AMIR KASAB AND THE DEADLY TERROR ATTACK IN MUMBAI ON 26/11/2008

2008

November 26: Kasab and 9 terrorists launch commando raid in Mumbai
    
November 27: At 1.30 AM, Kasab caught and placed under arrest, admitted to Nair Hospital
    
November 29: All places under siege secured, 9 terrorists killed
    
November 30: Kasab confesses before police
    
December 27/28: Identification parade held

2009   

January 13: M L Tahaliyani appointed 26/11 judge
    
January 16: Arthur Road Jail selected for Kasab's trial
    
February 5: Kasab's DNA samples match with articles found in Kuber
    
February 20/21: Kasab makes confession before magistrate
    
February 22: Ujjwal Nikam appointed Special Public Prosecutor
    
February 25: Charge sheet against Kasab, two others filed in court
    
April 1: Anjali Waghmare appointed Kasab's lawyer
    
April 15: Anjali Waghmare removed as Kasab's lawyer
    
April 16: Abbas Kazmi appointed as Kasab's lawyer
    
April 17: Kasab's confession opened in court, he retracts
    

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April 20: Prosecution charges Kasab on 312 counts
    
April 29: Kasab is major: experts' opinion
    
May 6: Charges framed, Kasab charged on 86 counts, but denies charges
    
May 8: First eyewitness deposes, identifies Kasab
    
June 23: Non-bailable warrants issued against 22 including Hafeez Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi
    
November 30: Abbas Kazmi removed as Kasab's lawyer

December 1: K P Pawar takes place of Kazmi
    
December 16: Prosecution completes its case in 26/11

December 18: Kasab denies all charges

2010

March 31: Arguments in the case end. Special Judge M L Tahaliyani reserves judgement for May 3, 2010
    
May 3: Kasab convicted, Sabauddin Ahmed and Faheem Ansari acquitted of all charges

May 6: Kasab was sentenced to death by the trial court Bombay High Court upholds death sentence to Kasab

2011

March: Kasab writes letter to SC challenging HC order
    
October 10: SC stays execution of the death sentence awarded to Pakistani terrorist Kasab
    
October 10: Kasab tells SC that he was brainwashed like a "robot" into committing the heinous crime in the name of "God" and that he does not deserve capital punishment owing to his young age
    
October 18: The Supreme Court admits Maharashtra government's appeal challenging the acquittal of Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, co-accused of Ajmal Kasab, in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack

2012  

January 31: Kasab tells SC that he was not given a free and fair trial in the case

February 23: SC hears intercepted conversations between the perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and their Pakistani handlers and watched the CCTV footage of the carnage
    
April 25: SC reserves its verdict after a marathon hearing, spanning over two and a half month
    
August 29:
SC upholds death sentence of Kasab and acquittal of two alleged Indian co-conspirators in the case
    
October 16: Union Home Ministry recommends to President for rejection of Kasab's mercy plea
    
November 5: President rejects Kasab's mercy petition
    
November 8: Maharashtra government informed about President's Decemberision
    
November 21: Kasab hanged in Yerawada Jail in Pune

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