Z-plus category security, a special bullet- and bomb-proof cell, access to the court proceeding through video conferencing - all this was made available to the sole surviving Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, convicted for the attacks in Mumbai Nov 26-29, 2008.
Sources within security circles and the home ministry say that protecting Kasab while he was in prison was one costly affair for the state. While the exact figure spent on Kasab is not known, sources said the state spent an estimated Rs.35 crore so far on Kasab's security.
The government had spent crores to build a special 20−feet corridor in the Aerthur Road Jail here as his egg−shaped cell was reinforced with iron plates and made bullet− and bomb−proof.
A battalion of armed paramilitary personnel was assigned to the jail when the trial began in the sessions court April 17, 2009.
Image: Policemen stand outside the Yerwada Jail where Mohammed Ajmal Kasab was hung at 7.30 am in secrecy in Pune on Wednesday.