Ajmal Kasab was hanged at Yerwada jail in Pune at 7.30am on Wednesday after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition, according to reports.
President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday rejected the mercy petition filed by the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Ajmal Kasab.“Kasab was transferred to Yerwada jail two days ago. He was hanged at 7:30 this morning,” Maharashtra home minister RR Patil said. “His execution is a fitting tribute to the victims of Mumbai attacks.”
Kasab was the only attacker captured alive by police. The Government of Pakistan initially denied that Kasab was from Pakistan, but in January 2009, they officially accepted that he was a Pakistani citizen.
On 3 May 2010, an Indian court convicted him of murder, waging war on India, possessing explosives, and other charges.
On 6 May 2010, the same trial court sentenced him to death on four counts and to a life sentence on five other counts.
Kasab was sentenced to death for attacking Mumbai and killing 166 people on 26 November 2008 along with nine terrorists. He was found guilty of 80 offences, including waging war against the nation, which is punishable by the death penalty.
Kasab's death sentence was upheld by the Bombay High Court on 21 February 2011.
The verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court of India on 29 August 2012.
India Infoline Research Team / 14:59, May 20, 2015
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