The sudden and mystery-shrouded execution of Pakistani national Md Amir Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving terrorist of the Mumbai terror attack of November 26, 2008, was undoubtedly one of the biggest stories of the bygone year. Rising above petty politics, the UPA government silently executed Kasab in the strict confines of Pune’s high-security Yerawada Central Jail on November 21. The Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) trained militant was put to gallows just four days before the 4th anniversary of the audacious terror strike in Mumbai that claimed the lives of 166 people of different nationalities and left over 300 wounded.
Kasab was hanged after a four year long legal process and after the rejection of his mercy petitions by the Supreme Court and the President of India. While some hailed Kasab’s hanging as the nation’s biggest tribute to the 26/11 martyrs, it was also seen as India’s answer to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. Kasab’s hanging triggered widespread celebrations across India and brought back the chilling images of the bloodshed unleashed by 10 LeT militants, who went on a killing spree in Mumbai for nearly three days targeting some of the important landmarks in south Mumbai.
The Mumbai carnage was executed after meticulous planning from the terror operators in Pakistan. To execute their nefarious plans, 10 LeT militants reached the Mumbai shore in a dingy (small boat) on Nov 26, 2008, and then dispersed in groups to unleash a 60-hour long carnage in the Mumbai city till nine of them were gunned down and one of them -Ajmal Kasab-was captured alive. Kasab’s execution has increased pressure on the government to hang Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.