'Kasab deserved the extreme punishment': Chidambaram
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, the lone person caught alive during the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai in 2008, deserved the extreme punishment.
Chidambaram, who was commenting on Kasab's execution, said 'one sad sorrowful chapter has come to an end'.
"Nothing that we do now can bring back the lives of over 176 people, who were killed in that horrific attack. But those families to whom our heart goes out today must have some sense of satisfaction that justice has been done in the case of one perpetrator whom we were able to capture alive. I think we should leave the matter there and move on now," he added.
Meanwhile, Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar said the decision to hang Kasab was not a sudden decision, and added that it had been under the consideration of the President of India.
" Home Minister's advice had been received. He had been studying the judgements. And now after considerable reflection and application of mind, the President of India and the exercise of his sovereign right to decide upon mercy petitions has taken a decision," he said.
Kasab was hanged at Pune's Yerwada Jail at 7:30 a.m. today after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition. He was buried inside the premises of Yerwada Jail shortly after his execution.
The hanging was done very secretly as the news was spread to media Wednesday morning.
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.