Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil on Wednesday confirmed that Ajmal Kasab, the prime accused for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, had been hanged at Pune"s Yerawada Jail at 7:30 a.m.
Shinde was quoted by television channels as saying that the hanging was ordered after the passing of the presidential decree not to grant mercy to Kasab.
He said that all legal and security procedures were followed to carry out the hanging as per the law of the land.
Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil said Kasab"s execution was carried out in total secrecy to prevent any untoward incident in the state or across the country.
He was quoted by television channels as saying that due process of law had been followed in Kasab"s case right from the day he was arrested for carrying out the November 26 to 29, 2008 terror mayhem in Mumbai, which resulted in the loss of 166 lives and injuries to more than 300 others.
Kasab was hanged at Pune"s Yerawada Jail early on Wednesday morning,after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition.
According to television reports, the petition was rejected on November 5 after which the Lashkar-e-Toiba operative was shifted from Mumbai"s Arthur Road Jail to Pune"s Yerawada Jail.
The entire process was executed in complete secrecy, television channels said. President Mukherjee"s rejection came two months after the Union Home Ministry rejected Kasab's mercy petition. Kasab and nine other Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists had sailed into Mumbai on November 26, 2008 from Karachi and killed 166 people.