'Indian Mission informed Pakistan about Kasab's execution': Shinde
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Wednesday said the Indian Mission in Islamabad had informed the Pakistani Government about the hanging of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack accused Ajmal Kasab.
"We would have considered demand for the body, however, we have not yet received any request as per our information. Our Mission has informed the Pakistan Government. They did not receive the latter, so we also informed them through fax," Shinde told mediapersons here.
Shinde, who officially confirmed Kasab's execution, said the Home Ministry sent Kasab's mercy petition to President Pranab Mukherjee on October 16.
"The President sent back the papers on November 5. I signed it on the 7th and sent it to the Maharashtra Government on the 8th. The same day, it was decided that he would be hanged on the 21st at 7: 30 a.m. The action has been completed today," he said.
Kasab was hanged at Pune's Yerawada Jail at 7:30 a.m. today after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition.
25-year-old Kasab had been lodged in the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai ever since he was arrested immediately after the attack in 2008. He was convicted and given capital punishment by the trial court on May 6, 2010, which was upheld by the Bombay High Court on February 21, 2011.
The Supreme Court subsequently upheld the sentence on August 29 this year.
Kasab was one of the ten terrorists who travelled to India for the attack. Other nine were killed in the operation. 166 people were killed in the Mumbai terror attack.