Pune : Kasab, the lone surviving 26/11 terrorist was hanged to death at 7.30 AM at the Yervada Jail in Pune on Wednesday.Kasab’s mercy plea was rejected by the President Pranab Mukherjee on 5th November.
“Due process of law has been followed,” Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil said adding that hanging came after the President of India rejected his mercy petition on 5th November.
“This is a true homage to the innocent victims, including policemen and security personnel, who laid down their lives,” he said.
Mukherjee’s decision comes nearly two months after the Maharashtra home department rejected Kasab’s mercy petition that had been addressed to the President.
25-year-old Kasab had been lodged in the Arthur Jail Road in Mumbai ever since he was arrested immediately after the attack in 2008.
He was convicted and given capital punishment by the trial court on 6th May, 2010 which was upheld by the Bombay High Court on 21st February, 2011.
The Supreme Court subsequently upheld the sentence on 29th August this year.
166 persons had died in the attack.
Police had succeeded in capturing Kasab alive after killing the remaining nine terrorists.
“Attack on Mumbai was an attack on the entire country,” Patil said.