Maharashtra: Rs 16 crore spent on 26/11 terrorist Kasab

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Mumbai, Nov 22: The Maharashtra government has so far spent Rs 16.17 crore on 26/11 lone surviving terrorist, Amir Ajmal Kasab, said reports.

The cost that the state Home Department spent on the terrorist who is currently lodged at the Arthur Road jail includes deploying forces from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), constructing a special cell and for his food, safety and medical treatment excluding his legal fees paid to the special public prosecutor.

"So far, there are no changes in the way we are going to treat him in the future. We continue to spend on Kasab since his security is a prime concern. To ensure adequate healthcare, we incurred a treatment cost of Rs 26,953 since 2008," said an official from the state Home Department.

Kasab is the only terrorist who was caught alive in the city on 26/11, after he along with other terrorists, who were gunned down by the police attacked more than 100 people in the terror attack.

A special court had sentenced Kasab to death. The order was later upheld on Feb 21, 2011 by the high court.

Rs 27, 520 has been spent on food for Kasab so far, while Rs 5.29 crore has been spent on setting up a special cell for him. The cost of deployment of ITBP is Rs 10.87 crore and the expenditure of his medicines is Rs 26, 953.

"The cost of food has been steadily rising but we are able to keep it roughly about Rs 25 per day," said the official.

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