Mumbai:Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of the 2008 Mumbai terror
attacks, who has been hanged today at 7.30 am was buried inside Pune's
Yerwada Jail itself. Watch: Ajmal hanged at Yerwada Jail l Kasab buried inside jail l Pak did not demand Kasab's body: Shinde l Homage to Vijay Salaskar: Wife l India has won: Ujjwal Nikam
"Kasab has been hanged to death today morning at Pune's jail. He was taken to Pune from Mumbai two days back. Kasab has been buried in Yerwada jail premises itself," Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan informed reporters.
Union Home Minister told reporters that Pakistan has been informed about Kasab's hanging but haven't demanded his body.
The Operation X was swiftly conducted by shifting Kasab to Yerwada jail two days back, which is well-equipped to carry out the execution.
"Followed all legal process, Kasab has been hanged, it's justice to the innocent killed and the brave policemen who fought attackers," said RR Patil.
"The punishment to Kasab is a true tribute to the victims and martyrs of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Family members of Kasab informed about the hanging," Patil added.
Homage has been paid to all those who lost their lives in the 26/11 attack by the hanging of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who appeared for police in the case, on Wednesday said.
"It is victory for the country. By hanging Kasab, we have paid homage to all those policemen and innocent persons who lost their lives," Nikam said.
President rejects mercy petition, Operation X team formed
Nov 5: President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected the mercy petition filed by
the Pakistani gunman on November 5. The file was sent back to Maharashtra government three days later after which a special team of 17 officials was created to execute Operation X.
Nov 12: Ajmal Kasab is informed about the decision to hang him. He expresses the wish that his mother be informed in Pakistan.
Nov 18: The operation was conducted in a covert manner led by Special IG of Maharashtra Police Deven Bharti. Bharti had the task to shift Kasab to Yerwada. The 200-strong contingent of ITBP, which had been guarding him since March 2009, were not informed about his transfer to Yerwada jail.
Nov 20: A meeting was called in Mumbai on Tuesday to alert the top cops about an important event that is due to take place today and were told to take charge of their jurisdiction immediately.
Nov 21, 7.40 am: Meera Borwankar, additional director general of police (prisons), was assigned the task to inform the Home Ministry about the successful completion of Operation X.
The execution has come just a week before the fourth anniversary of the 26/11 massacre that killed 166 people including 18 foreigners in Mumbai.
"We welcome this decision. We thank President Pranab for rejecting his mercy plea," Smita Salaskar, wife of Vijay Salaskar (The encounter specialist was killed while fighting terrorists in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.)
Earlier in October, the Home Ministry had rejected the mercy plea of Kasab. The ministry had sent its recommendation to President Pranab Mukherjee.
The Pakistani gunman who was lodged in the bomb-proof and an egg-shaped cell at the high-security Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai may have very quietly been shifted from to Pune's Yerwada Central Jail.
The Supreme Court upheld Kasab's conviction and death sentence in August this year.
Kasab was the only terrorist captured alive after the attacks in Mumbai that began on November 26, 2008.
When Mukherjee took over as President in July this year, there were mercy petitions from 16 convicts sentenced to death in 11 cases pending with Rashtrapati Bhavan. Kasab’s petition, submitted after he took office, is the first to be decided by him.