Skip to comments.India executes Terrorist convicted of 26/11 Massacre
Posted on 11/20/2012 10:08:48 PM PST by coldphoenix
Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving terrorist from the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was hanged to death on Wednesday at Yerwada Jail in Pune. Kasab was executed at 7:30am at Yerwada jail in Pune in Maharashtra after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy plea earlier this month.
Pakistan had been informed about the hanging of Kasab, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Wednesday.
He told reporters that President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected Kasab's mercy petition.
"Pakistan has been informed but there is no demand for Kasab's body. The president rejected Kasab's mercy petition Nov 5. I had further forwarded it to the Maharashtra government Nov 8," Shinde told mediapersons.
Maharashtra home minister RR Patil on Wednesday termed it as 'a tribute to people killed in the attacks and a message that India will not tolerate terrorism'.
"He was hanged at 7:30am this (Wednesday) morning," RR Patil told reporters at a press conference in Mumbai.
"The mercy petition of Kasab was rejected by the President, which we received on November 8 after which we have executed him," he said.
Patil added that this is a tribute to the 166 people and policemen who lost their lives in the terror attacks 4 years ago.
Kasab's end came just five days before the fourth anniversary of the brutal terror attacks. The Nov 26-29, 2008 terror siege had claimed 166 lives.
According to sources in the home department, Kasab said that he had no last wish before he was executed.
Kasab was reportedly moved to the Yerawada jail in a secret operation few days ago. His body will not be sent to Pakistan for burial as they had not accepted him as as their citizen, sources added. The Maharashtra home department is completing their paper work on the same and will be announcing his burial details.
Advocate Ujwal Nikam who was the public prosecutor in this case expressed happiness over the move." We have exposed the modus operandi of terror groups operating from Pakistan and sent a message that terrorism will not be tolerated, " Nikam said.
"Yes, Kasab has been hanged this (Wednesday) morning at 7.30 a.m. in Yerawada Central Jail," special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who led the 26/11 terror attacks case, said.
President Pranab Mukherjee on November 8 rejected the mercy petition filed by Kasab, sentenced to death for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
Kasab's mercy petition to President Pranab Mukherjee was the terrorist's last hope.
The move is a strong political message sent by the government before the start of Parliament session and ahead of the Gujarat elections.
The decision came two months after the home ministry rejected Kasab's mercy petition addressed to the President.
Venu Rajamony, press secretary of the President confirmed the decision.
Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde's recommendation to the President was in line with the recommendation of Maharashtra governor K Sankaranarayan and the no-mercy-for-terrorists principle laid down by his predecessor P Chidambaram.
Ajmal Kasab and nine fellow Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists had sailed into Mumbai on November 26, 2008 from Karachi and gone on a shooting spree that killed 166 people. Kasab was the only one captured alive by security forces.
Kasab was sentenced to death in May 2010 after he was found guilty of a string of charges, including waging war against India, murder and terrorist acts.
He appealed in the Supreme Court claiming he did not receive a fair trial but his petition was struck down in August.
During the 2008 attacks, the heavily armed terrorists stormed targets in Mumbai including luxury hotels, a Jewish centre, a hospital and a bustling train station.
India blames the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant organisation for training, equipping and financing the gunmen with support from "elements" in the Pakistan military.
Hope he enjoys his 72 Helen Thomas clones.
heck, I didn’t know that India had a death penalty.
Meanwhile that POS Nidal Hasan still eats and breathes on the tax payers dime.....
Have they shaved the bastard yet....personally I’d rip his beard out one whisker at a time.
They do, but it is used extremely rarely. The standard for its use is that the crime has to be of an extreme and unusual nature.
Hanged. That’s proper!
He should have committed the crime in Norway, he would have been sentenced to 5 years in a Five-Star luxury hotel.
Buh Bye Douche bag
He was hanged. Please notice that, we need the same means of execution here plus faster way to get them to the scaffold. For those involved in multiple rapes, murder and child molestation. Serious drug dealing too such as meth and heroin
Hanged was for the worst in England. Hanging is still the means of execution in Jamaica. We need to bring it back. Public flogging for drug dealers.
A wood chipper and a pig farm ought to figure into same (in order to show due respect to his religion).
Well India’s only method of execution is hanging. They don’t use injections/chairs/firing squads .... yet.
I saw footage of the interrogation of this guy, and transcripts of the cellphone conversations they had with their commander while the attack was going on (not sure how India got that); it was eerie. They were walking through this building, and the attackers were amazed at how big the windows were; they must have come from some dirt-poor villages. It was actually distracting them from their mission.
Injections are a silly invention of ours, I think.
Firings squads are OKay, too.
Those conversations were caught because the Intelligence Bureau (IB) which is India’s domestic intelligence agency (RAW is the counterpart of the CIA)tapped the cell phones of the attackers. It is said that they fed the SIM cards to the Lashkar-e-taiba through a courier. However that might just be a smokescreen because they are known to have an extensive domestic tapping capability which they don’t necessarily want to reveal.
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