Pune, Nov 21: Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Ajmal Kasab was hanged at Yerwada Jail in Pune at 7.30 am on Wednesday. Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil confirmed the news on Wednesday morning.
President of India Pranab Mukherjee rejected the mercy plea filed by Ajmal Kasab, the dreaded LeT terrorist, who was sentenced to death for carrying out Mumbai terror attack on Nov 26, 2008. The decision was made after the Home Ministry turned down Kasab's mercy petition on Oct 23 that had been sent to the President.
Kasab, the only surviving terrorist of the 26/11 attacks, was lodged at Mumbai's Arthur Road prison since he was arrested and shifted to Yerwada jail for the execution.
On May 6, 2010, the Mumbai trial court had given the death sentence to Kasab, which was later upheld by the Bombay High Court on Feb 12 last year. The apex court had rejected his appeal on Aug 29.
The BJP had sought that the apex court's decision awarding the death sentence to Kasab should be carried out at the earliest.
In the 26/11 attacks, 166 people were killed, when 10 men from Pakistan sailed into Mumbai. They had spent 72 hours targeting the city's landmarks on the fateful day.
November 26, 2008: A dreadful terror attack strikes Mumbai, killing over 160 people, including foreign nationals.
May 6, 2010: Mumbai trial court gives death sentence to Kasab, the only surviving terrorist.
February 21, 2011: Bombay High Court upholds the trial court's order sentencing Kasab to death.
October 21, 2011: Supreme Court of India stays Kasab's death sentence.
April 25, 2012: SC reserves verdict on Kasab's plea.
August 29, 2012: SC upholds Kasab's conviction and awards him death sentence.
September 18, 2012: Kasab files mercy plea to President of India.
November 8, 2012: President of India rejects Kasab's mercy plea.
November 21, 2012: Ajmal Kasab executed in Pune's Yerwada Jail.