Pune: During the final moments of his execution, Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab was asked if he had any last wish and he replied “No.” He again said “No” when asked if he wished to write any will.
On November 12 he wanted his mother Noori Ilahi to know about his death and a courier was sent to his recorded Pakistani address in Faridkot village in Okara district.
According to reports, Kasab was extremely quiet and nervous since November 12, the day he learnt about his execution and realised that there was no room to appeal.
“May Allah forgive me. Such a mistake will never occur again,” he reportedly told an official at Yervada jail, according to a news report. (Khuda mujhe maaf karna, aisee galti dobara nahin hogi)
Kasab was then extremely nervous, read his prayers and proceeded to the gallows today morning.
The operation to execute Kasab shrouded in secrecy with even the hangman kept in the dark about the terrorist’s identity till the last minute.
Kasab, who has been lodged at Arthur Road prison in Pune ever since his arrest soon after the Mumbai terror attack, was whisked out of his heavily-guarded cell in the intervening night of November 18 and 19, a senior police official said.
“Kasab was escorted by senior officials of crime branch, commandos of Quick Response Team (QRT) and ITBP officials, who have been guarding the terrorist since his arrest in November 2008. The team, along with Kasab reached Pune’s Yerwada jail in the wee hours of November 19,” the official said.
According to the officer, except the jail superintendent, deputy jailor and doctor, no jail authority was informed about the identity of the accused.
“The jail authorities were only told that a high-profile accused is being brought to Yerwada. His identity was not revealed. Kasab was lodged in an isolated egg-shaped cell guarded by ITBP personnel,” the official said.
Even the hangman was not informed about the identity of the accused till the last minute. “We had told the hangman that he is to execute the death penalty of a terrorist. The identity was revealed to him only few minutes before the execution,” the official said.
Kasab was confined to a special-made bullet and bomb-proof cell at Arthur Road Central prison ever since his arrest in November 2008. However, he was executed in Yerwada prison as facilities to hang exist in that prison only, he said.
Soon after he was hanged, the doctor, who was present in the room, confirmed Kasab’s death and informed the government authorities.
Kasab’s body has been buried inside Yerwada jail itself.