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Timeline of a killer: Mohammad Ajmal Kasab

From attack to the hangman’s noose

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November 26: 10 Pakistani terrorists including Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab attack India’s financial capital Mumbai. The attacks focused on Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Leopold Cafe, Oberoi Trident, Cama Hospital and Nariman House Jewish community centre.

November 27: Police capture Ajmal Kasab, the sole terrorist survivor, and take him to Nair hospital.

November 29: Kasab confesses he was trained in Pakistan and details Lashkar-e-Taiba role in the attacks.


January 13 : M.L. Tahaliyani appointed Special Sessions Court judge for the case.

Janaury 16: Arthur Road Jail selected for trial.

February 20 and 21: Kasab details the attacks to magistrate.

February 22: Ujjwal Nikam appointed Special Public Prosecutor.

February 25: 11,000 pages of charge sheet filed against Kasab.

April 15: Anjali Waghmare removed as Kasab’s lawyer.

April 17: Trial resumes after Abbas Kazmi appointed defence counsel.

April 17: Kasab retracts confession.

April 20: Prosecution charges Kasab on 312 counts.

May 6: Charges framed, Kasab charged on 86 counts, but denies charges.

May 8: First eyewitness identifies Kasab.

November 30: Abbas Kazmi removed as Kasab’s lawyer.

December 1: K. P. Pawar takes place of Kazmi.

December 16: Prosecution completes its case.


March 31: Trial concludes.

May 3, 2010: Kasab convicted.

May 6: Kasab given capital punishment by trial court.


February 21: Bombay High Court upholds trial court’s decision on Kasab’s death sentence.

October 10: Supreme Court stays execution.


February 23: Supreme Court hears intercepted conversations between the perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai attack and their Pakistani handlers, and watch CCTV footage of the attacks.

August 29: Supreme Court upholds decision on Pakistani gunman’s capital punishment.

October 16: Union Home Ministry recommends President to reject Kasab’s mercy plea.

November 5: President rejects Kasab’s mercy plea.

November 8: Maharashtra government informed about President’s decision.

November 21: Ajmal Kasab hanged at Yerawada jail in Pune at 7:30am.