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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 - 9:27am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Barely a week before the fourth anniversary of Mumbai terror attack, a convict in the attack and Pak national Ajmal Amir Kasab was hanged to death at Yerawada jail in Pune at 7.30 am this morning. Kasab's death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court earlier this year. Kasab had sought presidential pardon, but it was rejected earlier this month.

In a swift and absolutely close-guarded manner, state authorities moved Kasab to Yerawada jail from his high-security prison at Arthur Road in Mumbai. It is estimated he was brought to Pune about 30 hours ago, even as the state was mourning death of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray.
State Home Minister R R Patil is expected to hold a press conference in a short while  to confirm Kasab's hanging. Speaking to television channels, Patil confirmed the hanging, but refused to divulge any more details.
Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 9:28 IST
State Home Minister R R Patil declared officially that Pak national Ajmal Amir Kasab, convicted in the 26/11 terror attacks, has been hanged to death at Yerawada jail in Pune at 7.30 am this morning.

It has been proved now by our agencies that if anyone attacked India, not only are they responded by

 our security agencies, but also our judiciary system, Home Minister R R Patil said while speaking at a press conference in Mumbai.
I believe this is the true shraddhanjali to the victims and officers who died in this attack on India, Patil said.
Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 9:28 IST

Doctors pronounced Qasab was dead after he was duly hanged as per process.

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 9:29 IST

In absence  of  a hangman to execute the death sentence of Kasab, the terrorist was hanged by the officials from the Yerawada Central Jail.

The highly  placed sources in the jail  said, “The hangman of  Yerawada jail  had  retired and the position is  vacant for the last  some years. However, there is  no law that only hangman can execute a death sentence. Therefore the decision that Kasab’s  death sentence will be  executed by a jail officer was  taken and Kasab was  hanged around 7.30 am.”

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 9:30 IST

Kasab's mercy petition was rejected by the President Pranab Mukherjee on November 8.

Our agencies had killed 9 terrorists on the very day of the attack. Our brave officers managed to capture Kasab alive. He was tried before the special court, and all judicial processes were duly followed. We have shown the world how India follows all laws and conventions, Patil said.
Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 9:30 IST
This is after 14 years that a convict has been hanged in Yerawada jail.
Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 9:35 IST
There is no word yet on where Kasab will be buried. Mumbai police had buried the other nine terrorists in 26/11 attacks at a place in a similar secret operation. Pakistan, where the terrorists were trained, has steadfastly refused any role in the attack and therefore their bodies were refused.
Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 9:35 IST
Crackers started bursting in Pune as soon as the Kasab's hanging news was flashed on channels. Thacekray's ill health and subsequent death had muted Diwali crackers.
Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 9:35 IST

Shiv Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut said Kasab's hanging was a true shraddhanjali to his party chief Balasaheb Thackeray.

"I congratulate Maharashtra government and I believe this is true shraddhanjali for Balasaheb. He had been demanding death for Kasab till his last breath," Raut said.


Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 9:48 IST

Kasab's dengue was, after all, a clever ruse used by the authorities, who checked if Kasab was medically fit for hanging.

It is now being revealed that Kasab was checked in the guise of dengue and was declared fit. It's mandatory in India to check the convict before he is hanged.

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 10:06 IST

Sushil Kumar Shinde spelt out the reasons for secrecy over Kasab's hanging. He said the government didn't want any untoward incident and hence it was carried out in a secret manner.

It is noteworthy that a major attack was planned in response to the killing of Qateel Siddiqui, who was accused of aiding 26/11. A series of blasts was scheduled to be carried out on August 1, but as the mechanism failed and bombs could not explode. As a result major disaster was averted. The authorities, therefore decided not to take any chances with Kasab's hanging.
Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 10:36 IST
Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said Kasab has been buried inside the Yerwada jail.
Pakistan has ignored all communications about Kasab's hanging by the Ministry of External Affairs. "There have been no requests for Kasab's body by Pakistan," confirmed Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde. This was confirmed by Chavan.
Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 10:45 IST

'India should end death penalty'
Hours after Kasab was hanged in Pune, Human Rights Watch urged India to remove the death penalty from its legal framework.

Click here to read details

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 11:39 IST

'Pak refused to accept letter on decision to hang Kasab'
India had informed in advance Pakistan and the family members of Ajmal Kasab about the decision to hang the 2008 Mumbai attack terrorist but Islamabad refused to acknowledge the letter, the home minister said.

Click here to read his statement

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 11:47 IST

Outside Yerwada jail
As many as 100 people gathered outside the Yerwada jail after the news broke out.

People celebrated shouting "Vande Mataram, Bharat mata ki jai" outside the jail on Wednesday morning.

Some people were even distributing sweets outside the jail.

Click here to see pictures of the scene outside the jail

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 12:05 IST

Expedite the decision on Afzal Guru
Welcoming the execution of Ajmal Kasab, Congress hoped the government would now pursue the case against the handlers in Pakistan as also expedite the decision on Parliament attack death row convict Afzal Guru.

Click here to read Congress's reaction

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 12:22 IST

Kasab wanted mother to know
Ajmal Kasab had been informed about his hanging on November 12. He had said this should be communicated to his mother in Pakistan, Union Home Ministry sources said.

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 12:44 IST

Kasab was 'denied a fair trial': Pak media
The Pakistani media reported terrorist Ajmal Kasab's hanging on Wednesday blandly, with some reports quoting him as saying that he had not received a fair trial in India.

Kasab, the only one among 10 Pakistani terrorists caught after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, was "quietly hanged" in Pune, about four years after he was caught during the killing spree, Geo News reported.

Click here to read what different Pakistani media sources said

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 12:57 IST

Kasab will inspire more attacks: LeT commander
Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, executed in India on Wednesday for his role in the 2008 Mumbai massacre, was a "hero" who will inspire more attacks, said a senior commander of the Pakistani militant group accused of masterminding the attack.

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 13:06 IST

Kasab knew the date on which he would be hanged
According to official sources, a senior jail official read out the death warrant to Kasab at his cell and also informed him that his clemency petition had been rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee.

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 13:27 IST

Ansar Burney to claim Kasab's body
Pakistani human and civil rights activist Ansar Burney has shown an intent towards taking back the body of the Mumbai attack gunman Ajmal Kasab.

Click here to read what Ansar Burney said

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 14:52 IST

Message Board:
Discuss the hanging of Pakistani terrorist Mohd Ajmal Amir Kasab

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 15:55 IST

Explained: How Operation X was planned
The process to hang Kasab began in the first week of November with only four cabinet ministers, the chief minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan and a few officials in the loop.

A special inspector general of police in Maharashtra and 16 handpicked men oversaw Operation X leading to the death by hanging of the Pakistani terrorist on Wednesday. The chosen team's mission was to hang and bury the 25-year-old Kasab in complete secrecy in Pune's Yerawada Central Jail, where he would be moved from Mumbai.

Click here to read the details of how the operation was carried out

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 16:15 IST

B'Town reacts to Kasab's execution
Bollywood applauded the Government for the execution of 26/11 Pakistani attacker Ajmal Kasab, saying it is a triumph of justice.

Check what each celebrity wrote on twitter

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 16:57 IST

Yerwada jail's history of high profile inmates
Did you know that the jail where Kasab was executed is the same jail where Mahatma Gandhi spent years during the freedom struggle?

The jail has also seen high-profile inmates like Sanjay Dutt and Arun Gawli

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 17:39 IST

People rejoice on social network
Comments expressing happiness and relief to introspection and cursing began pouring into Facebook and Twitter after 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab was hanged in Pune's Yerwada Prison on Wednesday.

Click here to read what people said

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 17:55 IST

Hangman earned Rs5,000
The hangman who executed Kasab at Yerawada prison in Pune was paid Rs5,000 for the job but his identity kept a secret. Indeed, the hangman was himself kept in the dark about the identity of the death row convict till a few minutes before the execution.

Click here to read a detailed report on the 'secret' hangman

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 18:20 IST

Qaidi number C-7096
Kasab's identity remained 'C-7096' throughout his prison term and even when an official dossier was written for his hanging.

The movement and activities of Kasab was always kept very secret and when official documents were moved regarding his hanging.

Click here to read about Kasab's permanent identity

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 18:23 IST

First foreigner to be hanged in India
Fifty five people have been hanged since independence. Kasab is the first foreigner to be hanged in independece India, says Supreme Court lawyer KTS Tulsi.

Click here to read in detail

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 18:45 IST

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