Family members of Kasab informed about the hanging through a letter: Union Home Secy RK Singh

India had informed in advance the family members of Ajmal Kasab about the decision to hang the 2008 Mumbai attack terrorist.

Updated: Nov 22, 2012, 00:06 AM IST

New Delhi: India had informed in advance Pakistan and the family members of Ajmal Kasab about the decision to hang the 2008 Mumbai attack terrorist but Islamabad refused to acknowledge the letter, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said on Wednesday.

"The External Affairs Ministry through our mission in Islamabad had informed the Pakistan government about Kasab`s hanging. When they did not accept the letter, they were communicated through fax," Shinde told reporters in Delhi, hours after the hanging of the only captured terrorist in the attack.

Union Home Secretary RK Singh said family members of Kasab, who live in Pakistan, had also been informed by Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

"His family members were communicated through courier by our High Commission. We have the receipt of the courier sent and that was later given to the Maharashtra government," Singh said.

Shinde said so far no one has claimed the body of 25-year-old Kasab and if Pakistan claims it, India would give it to the neighbouring country.

The home minister said there should not be any problem if Kasab is buried in India.

"I do not think there will be any trouble (if Kasab is buried in India) because India has suffered too much and everyone.... and this country has seen the tragedy. One hundred and sixty six people were killed during three days of the carnage" that began on November 26, 2008, he said.

Kasab was hanged in Pune`s Yerawada jail at 7:30 am, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil said in Mumbai.