Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of the 26/11 Mumbai attack in 2008, reportedly sought forgiveness from Allah (God) and pledged not to commit such a mistake again, minutes before he was hanged in a jail in Maharashtra's Pune on Wednesday morning.
"Allah kasam maaf karna. Aisi galthi dobara nahi hogi (I swear by Allah, please forgive me. I will not commit such a mistake again)," Kasab reportedly said.
The terrorist said these words when he was taken to the gallows at Yerwada jail in Pune, media reports quoting sources said on Thursday.
Kasab reportedly remained calm all the while and did not talk to anyone.
Ending a four-year-long judicial process, Kasab was hanged on Wednesday morning, only four days before the fourth anniversary of the audacious strike from Pakistan-based terror groups that left 166 people dead and over 300 wounded.
Kasab was buried at Yerwada jail, where he was hanged after he was shifted there from the jail in Mumbai, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said.
A total of 166 people including foreigners were killed in the attack on Mumbai in Nov 2008.
Kasab was the only among the 10 Pakistani gunmen who was captured alive after they went on a killing spree in Mumbai for nearly three days targetting luxury hotels, Jewish centres, railways stations and hospital.
South Mumbai was the main target as the attacks took place at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident hotel, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, the Nariman House Jewish community centre, the Metro Cinema, and a lane behind the Times of India building and St. Xavier´s College.
The Mumbai attack had brought India and Pakistan, two nuclear armed neighbours, perilously close to a war and led to a halt in peace talks between the two countries.
Kasab, who was a Pakistan-groomed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, was hanged after a four-year long legal process and following rejection of his mercy petitions at every forum- from Supreme Court to the President.