Mumbai, Nov 21: The lone surviving gunman of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Ajmal Kasab was hanged in Pune's Yerwada jail at 7:30 am today. Indians in different parts of the country started celebrating Kasab's death.
Indian officials maintained secrecy while transferring Kasab from Mumbai to Pune. Just a day after India voted against a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) draft resolution which called for abolishing the death penalty, Kasab was executed in Pune's Yewarda Jail and buried within hours.
Kasab's mercy plea was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee earlier in Nov 2012. The Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan said that they had maintained secrecy in the entire execution process.
Here is the chronology of events leading to Kasab's hanging:
Nov 26, 2008: Kasab and 9 terrorists launched commando raid in Mumbai.
Nov 27, 2008: At 1:30 am, Kasab was caught and arrested. He was admitted to Nair Hospital.
Nov 29, 2008: All places under siege secured, 9 terrorists killed.
Nov 30, 2008: Kasab confesses before police.
Dec 27/28, 2008: Identification parade held.
Jan 13, 2009: ML Tahaliyani appointed 26/11 judge.
Jan 16, 2009: Arthur Road Jail selected for Kasab's trial.
Feb 5, 2009: Kasab's DNA samples match with articles found in Kuber.
Feb 20/21, 2009: Kasab makes confession before magistrate.
Feb 22, 2009: Ujjwal Nikam appointed as Special Public Prosecutor.
Feb 25, 2009: Charge sheet against Kasab, two others filed in court.
Apr 1, 2009: Anjali Waghmare appointed as Kasab's lawyer.
Apr 15, 2009: Anjali Waghmare removed as Kasab's lawyer.
Apr 16, 2009: Abbas Kazmi appointed as Kasab's lawyer.
Apr 17, 2009: Kasab's confession opened in court, he retracts.
Apr 20, 2009: Prosecution charges Kasab on 312 counts.
Apr 29, 2009: Kasab is major: Experts' opinion.
May 6, 2009: Charges framed, Kasab charged on 86 counts, but denies charges.
May 8, 2009: First eyewitness deposes, identifies Kasab.
June 23, 2009: Non-bailable warrants issued against 22 including Hafeez Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
Nov 30, 2009: Abbas Kazmi removed as Kasab's lawyer.
Dec 1, 2009: KP Pawar takes place of Kazmi.
Dec 16, 2009: Prosecution completes its case in 26/11.
Dec 18, 2009: Kasab denies all charges.
March 31, 2010: Arguments in the case end. Special Judge ML Tahaliyani reserves judgement for May 3, 2010.
May 3, 2010: Kasab convicted, Sabauddin Ahmed and Faheem Ansari acquitted of all charges.
May 6, 2010: Kasab was sentenced to death by the trial court.
Feb 21, 2011: Bombay High Court upholds death sentence to Kasab.
March 2011: Kasab writes letter to SC challenging HC order.
Oct 10, 2011: SC stays execution of the death sentence awarded to Pakistani terrorist Kasab.
Oct 10, 2011: Kasab tells SC that he was brainwashed like a "robot" into committing the heinous crime in the name of "God" and that he does not deserve capital punishment owing to his young age.
Oct 18, 2011: The Supreme Court admits Maharashtra government's appeal challenging the acquittal of Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, co-accused of Ajmal Kasab, in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
Jan 31, 2012: Kasab tells SC that he was not given a free and fair trial in the case.
Feb 23, 2012: SC hears intercepted conversations between the perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and their Pakistani handlers and watched the CCTV footage of the carnage.
Apr 25, 2012: SC reserves its verdict after a marathon hearing, spanning over two and a half month.
Aug 29, 2012: SC upholds death sentence of Kasab and acquittal of two alleged Indian co-conspirators in the case.
Oct 16,2012: Union Home Ministry recommends to President for rejection of Kasab's mercy plea.
Nov 5,2012: President rejects Kasab's mercy petition.
Nov 8,2012: Maharashtra government informed about President's decision.
Nov 21,2012: Kasab hanged in Yerwada Jail in Pune and buried inside the jail premises.
(With PTI inputs)