Conflict & Justice

Kasab's death sentence in Mumbai attacks upheld


An Indian Muslim child shouts anti-Pakistani slogans during a rally celebrating the sentencing of Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab in Mumbai on May 6, 2010.



The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

In handing down its decision today, the two-judge bench said: "Waging war against the country is the primary and foremost offence committed by Kasab."

"We are left with no option but to uphold the death sentence of Kasab," the Economic Times reported

The terror attack on November 26, 2008 killed 168 people and injured 238, when Kasab and his nine fellow jihadis bombed areas of Mumbai, including the well known Leopold cafe.

Kasab was the lone terrorist captured alive. The other terrorists in his group were killed by security forces.

The Times of India reported the court today said Kasab had waged a war against the country, and it was left with no option but to uphold the death sentence. 

The bench also observed that the evidence was clear that the conspiracy and planning of the 26/11 attack was hatched in Pakistan.

"We are more than certain that conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan," the bench said.

The Hindu reported Congress welcomed today's verdict and demanded his “quick” execution.

”Punishment should be executed quickly,” Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party demanded his execution be expedited.

“Those who wage war against the country and kill innocents deserve no mercy. ... Kasab should be hanged without any delay ... enough of biryani for him,” BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters in New Delhi.