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Mumbai Attack 2008

Kasab hanged

Ajmal Amir Kasab

Pakistani national Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, one of the 10 attackers of 2008 Mumbai mayhem that killed 166 people, was hanged yesterday at a highly secured Indian jail.

Kasab, 25, the one of the attackers captured alive, was hanged at 7:30am in Pune's Yerawada jail, Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told the media. He was buried inside the jail complex.

The execution came after President Pranab Mukherjee turned down Kasab's mercy petition on November 5.

On the night of November 26, 2008, the terrorists armed with automatic weapons sneaked into Mumbai on a boat and launched a well-coordinated attack on multiple targets in the city, including the iconic Taj Hotel.

They continued the mayhem for three days before Indian security forces eliminated nine of them and arrested Kasab.

The abiding image of Kasab, strapping with ammunition and holding a Kalashnikov rifle, was captured on a CCTV camera at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Station.

Since his arrest in 2008, Kasab was kept in a high-security bulletproof cell in Mumbai's Arthur Road jail, and was pronounced death sentence on May 6, 2010.

Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid yesterday told reporters in New Delhi that India had attempted to convey to Pakistan the decision of hanging Kasab, but it had not responded. “So our obligation of trying to inform Pakistan has been fulfilled,” he added.

"Frankly speaking, we have allowed rule of law to prevail [in India through the trial of Kasab]."

He expressed the hope that the rule of law would prevail in Pakistan as well in the trial of the 26/11 attack.

A trial is on in Pakistan relating to the Mumbai terror attack but India has voiced dismay over the slow pace of the trial and asked Pakistan to bring the masterminds to book.

Sindhe said the Indian High Commission in Islamabad informed Kasab's family of the execution.

As many as 166 people had been killed in the terrorist attack, said Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil.

"I sincerely believe that this [the execution] is a tribute to all the innocent people and the officers who lost their lives."

India's main opposition BJP welcomed the execution.

"Better late than never. Kasab's hanging will act as a balm on the wounds of the people of Mumbai but their wounds are still fresh. They will get relief only when Kasab's handlers across the border are brought to justice," said BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain.

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Well done India. Now it is time for Bangladesh to do the same, HANG ALL THE WAR CRIMINALS!!!!

: Sawgat Chowdhury

2008 terrorist attack was a most daring attempt by a group of dare devil Pakistanis to strike terror in the financial and entertainment capital of India. Their resoluteness could be gauged from the fact that they kept fighting with the Indian security forces for three days before peace was restored. By their action, the entire Muslim community became a suspect in Indian eyes. Here lies the need for collaborative action by SAARC countries not to shelter, provide help and to share intelligence among each other.

: Reaz Hassan


  • Abu Muaj
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 02:57 AM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    Thanks Pranab turned down mercy petition for Kasab but Zillur okayed clemency petition for 21 killers at a rate of 5 persons a year. But Pranab may not have turned down the mercy petition of the killers of nearly 1000 Bangladeshis killed by BSF personnel if there is any trial.

  • Wally
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 06:01 AM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    Wow Observer is amazing! It's ok to kill 166 people and then allowed this man to live because you are supposed to save a life. I bet this dude observer would want the same if someone killed his family members. It's astounding and the mind boggles at this kind of anti-India rhetoric.

  • Bipul
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 06:49 AM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    So you expect the Indian government to keep him alive and spend money feeding him? When that money could be used to feed malnutrition children? Well done India.

  • Iftikhar-ul-Awwal
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 11:24 AM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    Should death penalty or capital punishment exist or not has been an ongoing debate for decades. Even the western world is deeply divided on this moral question. In 37 states in the USA, it is legal and in others it is not. In our part of the world, in my humble opinion, death penalty for acts against humanity and premeditated murder should exist as deterrence against violent cold blooded murders and offenses of such magnitude. What is the need to keep terrorists like Kasab alive with state funds? Lesser criminals are as a routine matter given chances of correction in penitentiaries and are taught different trades so that once they are out from jail, they can earn an honest living.

  • Asha Ali
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 04:57 PM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    Well done India! Not just Indians were killed. I know one Foreigner, young lady lawyer, 28, on a business trip. What was her crime to deserve such a death? So young and a brilliant career ahead of her.

    In short, regardless of Nationality,

    religion or race, my heart weeps for the victims and their families.

  • An Observer
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 01:03 AM GMT+06:00 (168 weeks ago)

    Killing does not or cannot be a tribute for any civilized people. Then again, who is that man who pays tribute to some people killed by Kasab and he is now hanged? A civilized government save a life, a barbarian government takes it away whenever opportunity comes. Kasab is no longer a sinner for his heinous crime but Indian government is. This is what civilized people would say and barbarians would never understand this logic.





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