Reportedly, in a secret operation, Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist and 26/11 attacks mastermind Mohammed Ajmal Kasab was hanged in the high-security Yerwada Jail in Pune after a four-year-long trial.
While, the lone surviving terrorist in the Mumbai attack of November 26, 2008 was shifted to the Yerwada Jail following the rejection of his mercy petition by the President earlier on November 5.
However, R K Singh wrote to Foreign Secretary Rajan Mathai to inform Kasab’s mother and other family members who are in Pakistan. The Indian High Commission in Islamabad informed the Pakistan government about Ajmal Kasab hanging through a letter. When Pakistan refused to take the letter, it was sent through fax. The sources said, Nooree Lai, mother of Kasab, was apparently the closest person to him as he only uttered her name when asked about his last wish.
Nonetheless, after completion of the formalities, Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan told, he was buried inside the Yerwada Jail at 9.30 am.
Kasab was convicted in May 2010. He was found guilty of a string of crimes, murder, attempted murder and terrorist acts after a trial at a maximum security prison court in Mumbai. India blames a Pakistan-based militant organization for the attacks carried out by Mohammed Ajmal Kasab and his comrades that killed 166 people at a train station, a Jewish centre and two luxury hotels in its financial capital. India accuses Pakistan’s intelligence agency of training, arming and sponsoring the attackers, allegations Pakistan denies.
During his trial, the prosecution produced fingerprint, DNA, eyewitness and camera evidence showing Kasab opening fire with an AK-47 machine gun and throwing grenades at Mumbai’s main railway station on November 26.
A number of high police officers including the head of the state anti-terrorism squad were killed as the gunmen fled the scene of the carnage.
The true story of the Mumbai carnage had been proved last year, when a day after the Indian media exposed the name of the terrorist, Wazhul Qamar Khan whose name was included in the list of 50 alleged terrorists given to Pakistan in March, 2011.
The first appeal by the 23-year-old from a poor farming area in Pakistan’s Punjab state failed in February, when the state high court in Mumbai confirmed both his conviction and death sentence.