26/11 Mumbai terror attack accused Ajmal Kasab hanged
Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Ajmal Kasab, accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, was to be hanged at the Yerwada Jail in Pune at 7:30 am after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition.
The hanging comes a few days ahead of the Mumbai attack anniversary.
According to Maharashtra home minister R R Patil: "26/11 Mumbai terror attack accused Ajmal Kasab's mercy petition was rejected on November 8.” He also confirmed that Kasab was hanged at about 7:30am on Wednesday.
Earlier, the Lashkar-e-Toiba operative was shifted from Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail to Pune's Yerawada Jail. The entire process was excuted very secretly, with the media kept in dark.
The President's rejection came two months after the Home ministry rejected Kasab's mercy petition. Kasab and nine other LeT terrorists had sailed into Mumbai on November 26, 2008 from Karachi and killed 166 people. Kasab was given a fair trial according to Indian laws. His pleas against execution was rejected by the Supreme Court. Video footage of Kasab firing at rail station proved clinching evidence against Kasab.
Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist caught alive during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, was hanged to death at Pune's Yerawada Jail at 7.30 on Monday morning.
The Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist was shifted from Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail to Pune's Yerawada Jail after his mercy petition was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee on November 5.
- Asian Tribune -