After a long wait, many Indians feel that justice has prevailed for the victims of the dreadful 26/11 attack in Mumbai. The chief minister of the Indian state of Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chavan confirmed that Ajmal Kasab has been buried inside Yerwada Jail after he was secretly hung.
Kasab is widely considered to be of Pakistani nationality, however Pakistan has refused to accept him as a citizen. The Indian government had communicated the hanging to the Ministry of External Affairs, but there has been no response from Pakistan so far. Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said, “There have been no requests for Kasab’s body by Pakistan”.
TKasab’s hanging was carried out in a secretive manner, as the Home Minister explained that the government did not want any untoward incident to occur as a result of the execution. This has been India’s first execution since 2004.
On August 1, 2012, a series of blasts was scheduled to be carried out in the country, but the explosive mechanisms failed and the bombs could not detonate. A major disaster was avoided and authorities did not want any repeat incidents to be sparked as a result of Kasab’s hanging.
It was reported that Kasab had contacted Dengue while in prison and was being constantly checked to see if he was medically fit for hanging. After being declared fit, the terrorist was then sentenced to death by hanging. In India, it is mandatory to check whether a convict is fit before he is hung. On November 8, 2012, Kasab’s mercy petition was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee.