Pune, Nov 21 (IANS): Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist responsible for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, was hanged at Pune's Yerawada Jail on Wednesday morning, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil said.
"All the legal procedures in the 26/11 terror attacks case were completed. He was sentenced by the trial court, which was upheld by the Bombay High Court, Supreme Court, and his mercy plea was rejected by the president. Accordingly, Kasab has been hanged this morning at 7.30 am in Yerawada Central Jail," Patil told mediapersons.
Kasab's mercy petition was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday night. Shortly thereafter, in the dead of the night, Kasab was shifted amid top secrecy and tight security to Pune's high-security Yerawada jail.
This morning, at 7.30 am, he was hanged in the jail premises after which a team of doctors declared him dead.
"The punishment to Kasab is a true tribute to the victims and martyrs of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks," Patil said.
It is not known where Kasab's last rites shall be conducted.
"Yes, Kasab has been hanged this (Wednesday) morning at 7.30 am in Yerawada Central Jail," Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who led the 26/11 terror attacks case, told IANS.
In January 2010, nine of Kasab's associates, who had sneaked into Mumbai on the night of November 26, 2008, to unleash three days of terror, were quietly buried at an undisclosed location near Mumbai.
Kasab's end came just five days before the fourth anniversary of the brutal terror attacks that killed 166 lives and injured 300.