Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani national arrested for terrorist attacks on Mumbai in 2008, was hanged this morning at a jail in Pune, Maharashtra.
The execution took place after Indian President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition on November 5.
The hanging took place at Yerawada Jail at 7:30 am. Kasab was the only terrorist caught alive during the November 26, 2008 attack that caught India off guard.
As many as 166 people were killed in the attacks by some 10 men from Pakistan. They split into pairs, and spent 72 hours targeting the city’s landmarks such as a hospital, a Jewish center.
After the rejection of his merchy petition, Kasab, a member of the Lashkar-e-Toiba group, was shifted from his high-security Arthur Road Jail cell in Mumbai to the Pune jail.
Since his arrest in 2008, Kasab was kept in the bulletproof cell in the Mumbai jail. The Bombay High Court sentenced him to death in October last year.
He was convicted on charges ranging from treason to waging war against India. He then appealed to the Supreme Court, which ruled against him in August this year.