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Kasab Execution Shrouded in Mystery

The execution of Ajmal Kasab, the Pakistani terrorist was under taken behind a veil of secrecy on Wednesday

November 21, 2012 – The execution of Ajmal Kasab, the Pakistani terrorist was under taken behind a veil of secrecy on Wednesday. The hangman was not even aware of the identity of the terrorist until the last minute.

Kasab has been held at the Arthur Road prison since he was first arrested following the horrific terror attack in Mumbai in 2008. He was quickly taken from his cell, which is always closely guarded, in the dark of night between November 18 and 19, said a senior official from the police.

Escorting Kasab were senior prison officials, Quick Response Team commandos and officials from ITBP, who have guarded the Pakistani terrorist since November of 2008 when he was first arrested. The group of people along with Kasab arrived at the Yerwada Jail in Pune in the early morning hours of November 19. Only two people in the Yerwada Jail were aware of the identity of the prisoner.

Authorities at the jail were just told a high profile prisoner was arriving at the jail. Kasab was then put into a cell that was isolated and guarded 24 hours per day by ITBP officials.

The hangman did not know of the identity until the very last minute, said officials. An unidentified official said that the hangman was told he was going to carry out the death penalty against a terrorist. Officials revealed Kasab’s identity to the hangman only minutes prior to the execution.

The cell where Kasab has lived since November of 2008 in the Arthur Road prison was bomb and bullet proofed. However, at that prison, there are no facilities for hangings and Kasab was therefore transported to the Yerwada facility.

Kasab was asked prior to his execution if he wanted to speak or had any last wishes. The terrorist answered no. Following his hanging, with the doctor present, Kasab was confirmed dead and government authorities were notified.

According to prison officials, the terrorist’s body was buried inside the same Yerwada jail.

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