President Mukherjee decided on Kasab plea in 12 days
It took barely a fortnight for President Pranab Mukherjee to decide on the mercy petition of 26/11 convict Ajmal Amir Kasab, who was hanged Wednesday morning in a Pune jail.
"The president had rejected the mercy petition of Kasab on Nov 5," Venu Rajamony, the president's press secretary, told IANS.
After the Maharashtra government rejected Kasab's mercy plea on Oct 16 and the union home ministry followed suit on Oct 23, the file moved to President Mukherjee.
Mukherjee took his decision in about 12 days, rejecting Kasab's plea on Nov 5 - thus paving the way for his execution.
By Nov 8, the file had moved back to the Maharashtra government for further action, and Kasab was hanged Nov 21 - five days before the fourth anniversary of the carnage.
"The president rejected Kasab's mercy petition Nov 5. I had forwarded it to the Maharashtra government on Nov 8, and it was finalised that day that Kasab would be hanged on Nov 21 at 7.30 a.m.", Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters confirming Kasab's hanging.
There are 14 mercy petitions before the president, including that of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
Mohammed Ajmal Aamir Kasab, the lone surviving 26/11 Pakistani terrorist who was executed in a Pune jail Wednesday, is the first foreigner and non−Indian to be executed in Independent India.
"Only 55 people have been executed in India since Independence. As far as I can recollect, no one among them was a foreigner," Supreme Court lawyer K.T.S. Tulsi told IANS.
When asked if there are any specific laws concerning execution of foreigners in India, Tulsi said: "There is no special law. Kasab committed a crime in India. He crossed illegally into Indian territory. Pakistan has disowned him. His family has not claimed his body."
Kasab was hanged at Pune's Yerawada Central Jail Wednesday morning.
6. 00 pm
Kasab was a fan of Bollywood singer Mukesh: Lawyer
Pakistani gunman, Ajmal Kasab, who was hanged on Wednesday, was a fan of legendary playback singer late Mukesh and used to sing his favourite tunes during legal interviews, his lawyer Amin Solkar said today.
"'Hum chod chale is mehfil ko, yaad aaye to kabhie mat rona' (I am leaving this world, if you remember me please do not cry) rendered by Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab in jail keeps ringing in my ears," Solkar said.
"Kasab often used to render this song whenever we met for legal conference and interview at Arthur Road jail here," said Solkar on hearing about Kasab's execution at Pune's Yerwada prison here.
5. 45 pm
Justice has finally been done: Farooq Abdullah
Union Minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah today welcomed the decision of hanging 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab.
"I think it is justice done long time the nation wanted. Finally the man who had entered our country and killed so many innocent people has been hanged. I am glad the President refused clemency and finally he was hanged this morning," Abdullah said.
He was here for BCCI meeting.
Kasab's ITBP guards to be moved out of Mumbai jail
ITBP, which has incurred an expenditure of more than Rs 34 crore on the security of 26/11 attack terrorist Ajmal Kasab, will soon move out its men who guarded him in Arthur Road prison in Mumbai.
The central paramilitary force had deployed a special commando-trained contingent of 200 personnel in March 2009 after Kasab was brought to the prison complex.
According to the procedure, once the specified task given to a squad of a central force comes to an end, the Union Home Ministry, in consultation with the state government, issues an order asking the force headquarters to "deinduct" or call back the contingent.
"The squad designated to guard Kasab will be deinducted now," sources in the force said after the convict was hanged in Yerawada jail in Pune this morning.
Kasab's lawyers question secrecy over his hanging
Defence lawyers of Ajmal Kasab today expressed surprise at the "sudden" hanging of the lone surviving Pakistani gunman in the Mumbai attack and raised questions over the execution being shrouded in secrecy.
"I was shocked. It was all of a sudden. Why was the execution shrouded in such secrecy," Defence lawyer Amin Farhana Shah said.
Shah along with Amin Solkar and Abbas Kazmi appeared for Kasab in the sessions and Bombay High Court.
Lalu, Paswan justify capital punishment to Kasab
"One who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind", RJD President Lalu Prasad said about the hanging of 26/11 Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Kasab today.
"Law has taken its own course," Prasad told reporters here adding, Kasab has been hanged after following due procedure of law of the country.
Kasab was hanged to death at 7.30 AM at Yerawada jail in Pune after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy plea earlier this month.
LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan echoing him said, the Parliament attack case too is being dealt in accordance with the existing laws of the country.
Maharashtra on alert after Kasab hanging
Maharashtra was on high alert Wednesday after the execution of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab.
Security was also stepped up following Kasab's burial inside the Yerawada Central Jail in Pune.
Kasab, the sole Pakistani terrorist to be caught during the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, was hanged in Pune at 7.30 a.m. Wednesday, after his mercy plea was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee earlier this month.
When asked whether Kasab's hanging would mean that the 12 other mercy petitions pending with the President would be expedited, Shinde said, "Knowing Pranab Mukherjee's style of working, he will not keep files (on other mercy petitions) pending with him for long. The government is working quickly on everything, but we want to say that the government will not take credit or claim political mileage for the hanging."
Shinde went on to say that he will not bow down to political pressure as far as the Afzal Guru case is concerned. He said that the due course of law will be followed. Guru's file is currently with President Pranab Mukherjee.
In an interview with CNN IBN, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has said that only a small group of people were aware of Kasab's execution . Congress president Sonia Gandhi was not a part of this group according to Shinde.
An additional sessions court had decided on the date of execution said the Home Minister.
After Kasab, 14 mercy pleas pending before president
As many as 14 mercy petitions from 18 convicts are pending before President Pranab Mukherjee, following the rejection of a similar plea from Mumbai terror attacks convict Ajmal Kasab, who was hanged in Pune Wednesday morning.
Among the pleas pending is one from Mohammed Afzal Guru, a death row convict in the December 2001 terror attack on parliament.
This is probably the first mercy plea on which Mukherjee has taken a decision.
2. 50 pm
'Kasab was intelligent, had picked up Marathi during trial'
Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, who was hanged today, had during the 26/11 trial surprised the Judge, policemen and court officers with his humour and grasping power so much so that he picked up Marathi and even conversed in it with everyone around him.
His quick grasp of local language Marathi in the court had caught the attention of all those present during the 26/11 trial in the specially made court at Arthur Road prison.
"Nahin, Nahin, Taap Nahin (No, No, I don't have fever)," he had once said in Marathi in the court three years ago when the staff enquired from him whether he was unwell.
Ever since the trial began in May 2009, Kasab, a fourth standard dropout of an Urdu medium school, had been keenly observing the proceedings and picked up bits of English and even Marathi as witnesses, lawyers and the judge spoke in those languages although the evidence was recorded in English. "Tumhi Nighun Ja (You may leave)," were the first words in Marathi which Kasab learnt as Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam would utter these to him after the court proceedings.
2. 34 pm
Kasab nervous but quiet before execution: Jail officer
Minutes before his execution in Pune's Yerwada prison today, Pakistani gunman Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab appeared to be nervous but was quiet and offered prayers, a jail official said.
"From his body language, we could make out that he was very nervous. However, he remained quiet before he was taken out from his cell for the hanging," the official said. Kasab had also offered prayers and asked if his family was informed in advance about the hanging to which jail authorities replied in the affirmative, the official said.
Nearly four years after the Mumbai terror attack, Kasab, the sole surviving Pakistani gunman, was hanged this morning at Yerawada central prison here in a top secret operation.
Ten terrorists belonging to Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had come to Mumbai and carried out the dastardly strikes in which 166 people were killed. Nine of them were killed during the 60-hour siege which began on the night of November 26, 2008. Kasab was, however,caught alive.
2. 15 pm
On the cop who gave his life to nab Kasab
They remember his little gestures - a cake one day, a dress on another. They wish their father, assistant sub-inspector Tukaram Omble, hadn't been so brave on the night of 26/11.
Omble had held on to the barrel of Ajmal Amir Kasab's rifle, taking fatal bullets, while other policemen captured the terrorist alive.
'When I look at it from your point of view, I am proud of my father. But when I think about it as his daughter, I feel it would have been all right if he hadn't done what he did,' said Vaishali, 23, one of Omble's four daughters.
The government of Pakistan has said that it had received and acknowledged the note that the Indian government had sent regarding the execution of Pakistani national Ajmal Kasab. It has rejected India's claim that the note was not accepted.
Pakistan has also expressed its willingness to work towards eliminating terrorism.
Anna Hazare has reacted to Kasab's execution. The social activist has said that the terrorist should have been hung in public.
Reports suggest that President Pranab Mukherjee has sent 12 files to Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for his recommendation. According to CNN IBN a decision on Afzal Guru can be expected soon.
Laskar-e-Taiba says Kasab will inspire more attacks
Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, executed in India on Wednesday for his role in the 2008 Mumbai massacre, was a "hero" who will inspire more attacks, said a senior commander of the Pakistani militant group accused of masterminding the attack.
"He was a hero and will inspire other fighters to follow his path," the commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.
Kasab hanging a right step, says commando's father
The father of Sandeep Unnikrishnan, a NSG commando slain in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, Wednesday said Ajmal Amir Kasab's execution was a step in the right direction.
"It is not a late decision, and it is a step in the right direction. But a lot has to be done before perpetrators of the Mumbai attack are brought to justice (in Pakistan)," K. Unnikrishnan told IANS over phone.
Kasab today, Sayeed tomorrow?
The man who was smiling as he gunned down scores of people, including three senior Mumbai policemen during the terrorist siege of that city four years ago, has finally been sent to meet his maker.
I know the arguments against the death sentence. The first one is, 'What happens when you execute an innocent man?' It has been known to happen. And then comes: 'Who gave us the right to play God?'
Read Ramananda Sengupta's column here.
12.00 pm:The timeline of the Kasab case
Ajmal Amir Kasab was hanged here Wednesday for his role in the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack in which 166 people were killed. From then to now, a timeline:
Nov 26: Kasab and nine Pakistani gunmen launch a bloody attack on multiple locations in south Mumbai
Nov 27: At 1.30 a.m., Kasab caught, admitted to Nair hospital
Nov 28: Kasab gives statement to police, confesses roleRead more
Kasab's hanging homage to my husband: Late Salaskar's wife
Smita Salaskar, wife of slain encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar who fell victim to the bullets of terrorists during the Mumbai carnage, today described the hanging of Ajmal Kasab as a "homage" to her husband.
"Though the execution was delayed, Kasab was finally hanged. With this hanging, homage has been paid to my husband. But the real homage will be the conviction of other accused shielded in Pakistan," Smita said.
Congress welcomes Kasab's execution
Welcoming the execution of Ajmal Kasab, Congress today hoped the government would now pursue the case against the handlers in Pakistan as also expedite the decision on Parliament attack death row convict Afzal Guru.
"I welcome it. Now the government of India should pursue the case against the handlers in Pakistan. They should expedite the decision on Afzal Guru," said party general secretary Digvijay Singh.
11. 18 am
Twitter reactions on Kasab hanging:-
Expect #kasab hanging episode to be on the cover page of congress' manifesto for next elections !!!
Yep. Saw his point of view through his gun point. "@pal36: Have you ever tried to see things from #Kasab's point of view?"
I'm so glad they did the deed in secrecy. And at once. There would have been an unnecessary hue and cry otherwise. #Kasab
SUBODH SRIVASTAVA @subodh2056
#Kasab hanged ... Very happy finally some relief for the countrymate and to the victims of 26/11 who were waiting fr the justice...!!
ishiti Choudaha @R4ever_Belieber
This was the best execution- no debates, no noise n suddenly a news that #kasab is no more.! Phew*damn.
11. 00 am
Family members of Kasab informed about the hanging through a letter sent by courier, Union Home Secretary R K Singh said.
10. 50 am
Shiv Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut said Kasab's hanging was a true shraddhanjali to his party chief Balasaheb Thackeray.
10. 40 am
BJP welcomes Kasab's hanging
BJP today welcomed the hanging of 26/11 attack convict Ajmal Kasab but emphasised that his handlers across the border in Pakistan should also be brought to justice.
"Better late than never. Kasab's hanging will act as a balm on the wounds of the people of Mumbai but their wounds are still fresh. They will get relief only when Kasab's handler's across the border are brought to justice," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
He also demanded that Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru be hanged soon to send across a strong message to the terrorists and instill a sense of fear in them.
10. 30 am
Pakistan refuses to claim Kasab's body: Shinde
After Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan confirmed that Ajmal Kasab has been buried in Yerawada jail, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that Pakistan has refused to claim Kasab's body and so he was laid to rest in India.
10. 20 am
Kasab buried in Yerawada jail, says Chavan
Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has confirmed that Ajmal Kasab has been buried in Yerawada jail.
10. 10 am
It's a victory for the country: Nikam on Kasab hanging
Homage has been paid to all those who lost their lives in the 26/11 attack by the hanging of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who appeared for police in the case, said today.
"It is victory for the country. By hanging Kasab, we have paid homage to all those policemen and innocent persons who lost their lives," Nikam said.
Kasab was hanged this morning at Pune's Yerwada jail after his mercy petition was rejected by the President on November 8.
10. 00 am
Twitter reacts to Kasab's hanging
Sachin Kalbag @SachinKalbag
We need to bring people to justice. But we cannot be seen as bloodthirsty. Glad that India followed the process of law to the T. #Kasab
Narendra Ganpule @NarendraGanpule9.30 am:
Thoughts with the families of those who lost lives, traumatized and #TukaramOmbale hero of 26/11 who caught #kasab & died
Jammu and Kashmir's Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had this to say about Kasab's execution on Twitter. Omar Abdullah@abdullah_omar
Now we'll watch all the channels line up to claim that THEY were the ones to break the news of the hanging.
Government had reportedly spent Rs 24 crores in total - on Kasab's security and on his high-security cell. That is one burden that will now disappear.
Speculation is rife that Kasab might be buried in Pakistan.
Jammu and Kashmir's Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had this to say about Kasab's execution
Now we'll watch all the channels line up to claim that THEY were the ones to break the news of the hanging.
9. 30 am:
'Ajmal Kasab was hanged in Yerawada at 7:30 this morning. I sent the file to Maharashtra government. It was decided that hanging would be carried out today at 7:30 am. Pakistan has not demanded for Kasab's body,' said Sushilkumar Shinde, Minister of Home Affairs.
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde says that the order to hang Kasab was sent on November 8 by him.
This after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition on November 5.
The date to hang Kasab was immediately fixed and he was shifted from the Arthur Road jail to Yerwada jail in Pune in a top-secret operation on Sunday night, the day Bal Thackeray's funeral was held.
Kasab was informed about his hanging, the jail manual was followed, and he had no last wish and left no will, it has been confirmed.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan says that the order to hang Kasab was given on November 8.
Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil says, "Kasab's execution is a tribute to the victims of 26/11 attacks."
Some of the early reactions on Twitter for Kasab's execution:
Aashish Dongre @AashishDongre
Maharashtra govt can now direct additional funds to education and healthcare #AjmalKasab
Prasanna Vaste @prsvaste
#AjmalKasab hanged. finally some action by #president. but what about #afzalguru
Preet Singh @PSdxb
#AjmalKasab some justice for the families of victims of 26/11. Closure for them may never be fully possible.
Manik Jindal @theManikJindal
Justice delayed is justice denied, but this surely is something more. Ajmal kasab hanged today morning. #AjmalKasab
Home Minister of Maharashtra, R R Patil has officially confirmed that Ajmal Kasab was hanged today. He has said that the due process of law has been followed.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has confirmed that Kasab had been hanged.
Ajmal Kasab hanged confirms Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil.
Ajmal Kasab, the only surviving terrorist involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, that left 166 people dead has been hanged at 7:30 am today.
He was hanged in Pune's Yerwada jail, after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition on November 5.
"Yes, Kasab has been hanged this (Wednesday) morning at 7.30 am in Yerawada Central Jail," Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who led the 26/11 terror attacks case, confirmed.