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.
"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. 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|
November 26: Kasab and 9 terrorists launch commando raid in Mumbai
January 13: M L Tahaliyani appointed 26/11 judge
April 20: Prosecution charges Kasab on 312 counts
December 1: K P Pawar takes place of Kazmi
December 18: Kasab denies all charges
March 31: Arguments in the case end. Special Judge M L Tahaliyani reserves judgement for May 3, 2010
May 6: Kasab was sentenced to death by the trial court Bombay High Court upholds death sentence to Kasab
March: Kasab writes letter to SC challenging HC order
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