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Ajmal Amir Kasab

About Ajmal Amir Kasab

Ajmal Amir Kasab is the lone terrorist captured alive in the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 2008. He is reported to have told he is a Pakistani though the Pakistan Government doesn't agree on this.

Kasab was hanged at the Yerawada Jail in Pune at 7:30 am on November 21, 2012.

First officer to interrogate

Senior inspector Nagappa Mahale, who was then the incharge of D B Marg police station was reportedly the first person to question Ajmal Kasab after he was captured. "Kitne addmi the", was the first question posed to which Kasab replied as 10. The crime branch officers came in the middle of the interrogation and took him into their custody.

Khaidi No. C-7096

Ajmal Kasab was given the number C-7096 by the Arthur Road jail officials. The same number was alloted to him when he shifted to the Yerwada jail in Pune for his execution. All the official dossier and communications relating to Kasab has mentioned him as C-7096.

In December 2008, Kasab said that many more like him are breeding in Pak Punjab.

A US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) team has visited Faridkot in Pakistan is Punjab province the ancestral village of Kasab to investigate Kasab's link with Pakistan.

In July 2009, Senior lawyer Abbas Kazmi, who is representing Ajmal Amir Kasab, said that he wants to withdraw from the case.

In September 2009, his effigy is set up to be burnt in Indore and Kanpur as part of Dussehra festival.

On February 21, 2011 the Bombay High Court upholds death sentence for Kasab.

Kasab was lodged at the high-security Arthur Road Jail.

Hobbies and Interests

Ajmal Kasab is a fan of Mukesh and Mohammed Rafi's songs. "Hum chod chale is mehfil ko, yaad aaye to kabhie mat rona" is one of his favorite songs. Ajmal Kasab was never aggressive and was always jolly, but reserved.

Supreme Court uphelds Death Sentence

The Supreme Court of India, on 29 August 2012 upheld the death sentence of Kasab and rejected his plea to commute his death sentence into life imprisonment. The court rejected his plea that he was not given a fare trial. Early in September 2012, Ajmal Kasab was served a copy of the Supreme Court verdict which confirmed his death sentence.

Kasab files mercy petition

After a fortnight after the Supreme Court held the death sentence, Ajmal Kasab has filed a mercy petition before the President of India. According to a senior official at the Arthur Road Jail, a mercy petition was sent to the President filed by Kasab. The date when the petition was sent was not revealed. Kasab was told about the procedures and his rights as a convict, including moving a mercy petition.

Reacting to reports of Kasab filing a mercy petition, Shiv Sena said that the President should reject the mercy plea within 24 hours.

Social workers writes to PM and President daily

A social worker, Narayan Patil, has been writing to the Prime Minister, President, State Chief Minister, State Home Minister since 17 December 2008 seeking capital punishment to Kasab. The social worker has left the CST railway station minutes before the tragedy happened. He has been dropping the letters at Kalyan tehsildar's office.

Hanging of Kasab and Operation X

Operation X is the codeword used by the Indian government for the hanging of Ajmal Kasab.

Ajmal Kasab was hanged at 7:30 am on 21 November 2012. The entire process was kept a tight secret and it was revealed to the public only after Kasab was hanged.

August 29, 2012: Supreme Court has confirmed the death penalty of Ajmal Kasab

September 1, 2012: November 21 was set as date of Kasab's execution. The Maharashtra government has set the date in consultation with additional sessions judge. Special inspector general Deven Bharti and a team of 16 persons were handpicked to lead the Operation X.

November 5, 2012: President Pranab Mukherjee rejects the mercy plea petition of Kasab. The rejection of plea is kept in secret from the public.

November 7, 2012: Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde signs file from President's office and sends to the Maharashtra government on Nov 8. The entire process was kept a secret and only a handful were kept in loop of the entire operation.

November 8, 2012: Maharashtra government signs death warrant.

November 12, 2012: Kasab indicates that he has no last wish and wanted the government to inform his mother about the hanging.

November 17, 2012: Kasab was informed about the date of hanging.

November 19, 2012: Kasab was secretly transferred to the Yerawada Jail in Pune from Mumbai in the early hours

November 21, 2012: Kasab was hanged at 7:30 am. The hanging was confirmed to the state home department at 8 am.


Kasab was buried in the jail premises, since the Pakistan government has not demanded the body of Kasab.

The body of Ajmal Kasab has not been demanded by the Pakistan government. However, human rights activist in Pakistan Ansar Burney said that he is willing to bring back the body of Kasab to Pakistan. Burney said that after Kasab's execution, he should be treated like a normal human being and that he asked the parents of Kasab to contact him if they want to bring the body back to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani Taliban unit has demanded Indian government to handover the body of Kasab to his parents in Pakistan.

Amount spent by Government on Kasab's security

Minister of State for Home RPN Singh has revealed the details of the amount spent by the government on the protection of Ajmal Kasab. He told the Rajya Sabha on 19 Dec 2012 that the total amount spent as on November 23, 2012 according to the information furnished by Maharashtra government and Indo-Tibetan Border Police is Rs. 31,39,01,589.

Amount spent:
By Maharashtra government since Kasab's arrest in 2008: Rs. 1.50 crore
By the Indo-Tibetan Border Police: Rs. 29.88 crore

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