It's a victory for the country: Ujjwal Nikam on Ajmal Kasab hanging

Mumbai Homage has been paid to all those who lost their lives in the 26/11 attack by the hanging of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who appeared for police in the case, said on Wedmesday.

"It is victory for the country. By hanging Kasab, we have paid homage to all those policemen and innocent people who lost their lives," Mr Nikam said.

Kasab was hanged on Wednesday morning at Pune's Yerwada jail after his mercy petition was rejected by the President on November 8.

Kasab was awarded death penalty by a Sessions court in May 2010, which was upheld by the Bombay High Court last year and the Supreme Court thereafter.

"By Kasab's conviction and death penalty, we have proved how the entire conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan. We have set an example that India will not tolerate such attacks and the accused will be brought to justice," Mr Nikam said.

Nikam appeared for the prosecution in the Sessions court and High Court and assisted senior counsel Gopal Subramanium in the Supreme court.

Kasab and nine other Pakistani terrorists had landed in south Mumbai on November 26, 2008 after travelling from Karachi by sea and had gone on a shooting spree at various landmarks, killing 166 people, including foreigners.

While Kasab was captured alive, the other terrorists had been killed by security forces.

Story First Published: November 21, 2012 10:13 IST