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Ajmal Kasab:From waging war to death sentence
Last Updated : 21 Nov 2012 02:28:39 PM IST
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Nearly four years after the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab was hanged in Yerawada Jail on Wednesday. Following is thechronology of events leading to his hanging:

Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab(13 September 1987 - 21 November 2012)  was the only Pakistani terrorist  captured alive by police in the 2008 Mumbai attacks in India.

 Kasab clutching his gun at Mumbai railway station became a symbol of the November 2008 attacks that horrified the world.


Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab was brought up in a ramshackle town of goats and dust in rural Pakistan. His family was poor and he lived in a dirt compound with his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Kasab , 21 at the time, was the only surviving member of the group that launched a bloody rampage across the Indian city, killing 166 people.

Ajmal Kasab is alleged to be among a group of 24 men who received training in marine warfare at a remote camp in  ountainous Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, a senior commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, reportedly offered to pay his family Rs.150,000 for his participation in the attacks. Another report said the 23-year-old was recruited from his home, in part, based on a pledge by recruiters to pay Rs.100,000 to his family when he became a martyr.

In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, security forces struggled to collect information about the young man.

Only after several months did Pakistan admit that he was one of their citizens, from the province of Punjab.



He had received little education, the reports said, and had spent his youth alternating between labouring and petty crime.

At some point, India says, Kasab came under the influence of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group. After training in one of several remote camps, they say, he was hand-picked for the Mumbai operation.

Writing the judgment, Justice Alam said: “The conspiracy was to launch a murderous attack on Mumbai, regarding it as the financial centre of the country; to kill as many Indians and foreign nationals as possible; to take Indians and foreign nationals… hostages for using them as bargaining chips in regard to the terrorists’ demands; and to try to incite communal strife and insurgency, all with the intent to weaken the country from within. In short, this is a case of terrorist attack from across the border. It has a magnitude of unprecedented enormity on all scales. The conspiracy… was as deep and large as it was vicious. The preparation and training for the execution was as thorough as the execution was ruthless. In terms of loss of life and property, and more importantly in its traumatising effect, this case stands alone, or it is at least the very rarest of rare to come before this court since the birth of the Republic. Therefore, it should also attract the rarest of rare punishments.”

This verdict  against Kasab, which came almost 5 years after the terror attack, was welcomed by all. Former Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam, who had appeared for the Maharashtra government, also welcomed the verdict saying it is "a victory of justice and the Constitution of the country."


He was captured on camera at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a slight figure in combat trousers and a blue sweatshirt, clutching an assault rifle.


Oct 10, 2011: Kasab tells SC that he was brainwashed like a "robot" into committing the heinous crime in the name of "God" and that he does not deserve capital punishment owing to his young age.

Captured after a shoot-out with police, Kasab  was interrogated and then charged with 86 offences, including murder and waging war on India.

Prosecutors said he had confessed - but his lawyers then said his statement had been coerced, and it was retracted.

His trial began in March 2009 and at first, correspondents say, he appeared relaxed. He smiled periodically and occasionally joked with officials.

His defence had attempted to argue that he was under 18 and so a minor. Asked in May 2009 to confirm his age, he provoked laughter by stating that if prosecutors had believed him then he would not now be in court.

Later his demeanour grew more serious, even erratic.

When a 10-year-old girl injured in the attacks identified him in court, witnesses said he looked grave.Call for leniency

In May 2010 Kasab  was sentenced to death by a special court which found him guilty of many charges, including murder and waging war on India.

Judge ML Tahaliyani said "he should be hanged by the neck until he is dead", adding that he had lost his right to "humanitarian treatment".

Kasab's lawyer called for leniency, saying his client had been brainwashed by a terrorist organisation and could be rehabilitated.

Kasab appealed against the sentence, and the High Court in Mumbai began hearing the case in October 2010.

He initially attended proceedings through a video link for security reasons.

But after two hearings he demanded to attend court in person. The request was refused and he was reprimanded for his outburst, following which he failed to appear by video link.

The Mumbai High Court rejected his appeal in February 2011 and in July of that year, Qasab took his appeal against his death penalty to the Supreme Court.

In a statement submitted in court, Qasab said that the prosecution had "failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the charges against me". He said he "may be guilty of killing people and carrying out a terrorist act but I am not guilty of waging war against the state."

Timeline

Nov 26, 2008: Kasab and 9 terrorists launch commando raid in Mumbai.


Nov 27, 2008: At 1.30 AM, Kasab caught and placed under arrest, admitted to Nair Hospital.


Nov 29, 2008: All places under siege secured, 9 terrorists killed.


Nov 30, 2008: Kasab confesses before police.


Dec 27/28, 2008: Identification parade held.


Jan 13, 2009: M L Tahaliyani appointed 26/11 judge.


Jan 16, 2009: Arthur Road Jail selected for Kasab's trial.


Feb 5, 2009: Kasab's DNA samples match with articles found in Kuber.


Feb 20/21, 2009: Kasab makes confession before magistrate.


Feb 22, 2009: Ujjwal Nikam appointed Special Public Prosecutor.


Feb 25, 2009: Charge sheet against Kasab, two others filed in court.


Apr 1, 2009: Anjali Waghmare appointed Kasab's lawyer.


Apr 15, 2009: Anjali Waghmare removed as Kasab's lawyer.


Apr 16, 2009: Abbas Kazmi appointed as Kasab's lawyer.


Apr 17, 2009: Kasab's confession opened in court, he retracts.


Apr 20, 2009: Prosecution charges Kasab on 312 counts.


Apr 29, 2009: Kasab is major: experts' opinion.


May 6, 2009: Charges framed, Kasab charged on 86 counts, but denies charges.


May 8, 2009: First eyewitness deposes, identifies Kasab.


June 23, 2009: Non-bailable warrants issued against 22 including Hafeez Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.


Nov 30, 2009: Abbas Kazmi removed as Kasab's lawyer.


Dec 1, 2009: K P Pawar takes place of Kazmi.


Dec 16, 2009: Prosecution completes its case in 26/11.


Dec 18, 2009: Kasab denies all charges.


March 31, 2010: Arguments in the case end. Special Judge M L Tahaliyani reserves judgement for May 3, 2010.


May 3, 2010: Kasab convicted, Sabauddin Ahmed and Faheem Ansari acquitted of all charges.


May 6, 2010: Kasab was sentenced to death by the trial court.


Feb 21, 2011: Bombay High Court upholds death sentence to Kasab.


March 2011: Kasab writes letter to SC challenging HC order.


Oct 10, 2011: SC stays execution of the death sentence awarded to Pakistani terrorist Kasab.


Oct 10, 2011: Kasab tells SC that he was brainwashed like a "robot" into committing the heinous crime in the name of "God" and that he does not deserve capital punishment owing to his young age.


Oct 18, 2011: The Supreme Court admits Maharashtra [ Images ] government's appeal challenging the acquittal of Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, co-accused of Ajmal Kasab, in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.


Jan 31, 2012: Kasab tells SC that he was not given a free and fair trial in the case.


Feb 23, 2012: SC hears intercepted conversations between the perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and their Pakistani handlers and watched the CCTV footage of the carnage.


Apr 25, 2012: SC reserves its verdict after a marathon hearing, spanning over two and a half month.


Aug 29, 2012: SC upholds death sentence of Kasab and acquittal of two alleged Indian co-conspirators in the case.
On 29 August 2012, the Supreme Court rejected his appeal and upheld his death penalty. Qasab has not yet run out of options and can file for a review of the Supreme Court order. If that fails, he can seek clemency from the president.

November 21, 2012 :Ajmal Kasab hanged to death at Pune's Yerawada Jail at 7:30  on Wednesday morning (21st November 2012 ).

Kasab had reportedly told them that he had no last will or wish before he was executed, and that the entire procedure had been explained to him before it was carried out.
 


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