Operation X: Ajmal Kasab's execution planned 2 months ago, hangman paid Rs 5,000
"The Supreme Court upheld Kasab's death penalty on August 29 this year. On September 9, the state government began the process of implementation. On September 11, in consultation with the additional sessions judge, the date for Kasab's execution was fixed for today," Patil told reporters.
The operation was called 'Operation X', the Home Minister said, adding, the reason behind the secrecy was security and the plan's smooth execution.
"On November 12, I met senior officials in Pune to discuss the logistics. On November 18, Kasab was shifted to Yerwada prison," Patil said.
For the second time in the last four years, the Maharashtra government and police have ensured utmost secrecy while carrying out an execution.
Ajmal Kasab, arrested alive on the night of November 26, was hanged at Pune's Yerwada jail at 7.30 am today. His body has been buried as per procedure at an undisclosed location. Two years ago, bodies of nine others who came with Kasab were similarly buried at an undisclosed location in a secret mission.
Detailing the events over the last two weeks, Patil said the date and time to execute him was confirmed by a sessions court on September 11. At that time, Kasab had not moved a mercy petition. He moved the petition on September 12. Since the mercy process was expedited, the date of execution remained