India clears $1.1bn contract for 48 Russian-built Mi-17-V5 helicopters


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NEW DELHI, September 2. /TASS/. India’s Defence Acquisition Council has approved procurement of 48 Mi-17-V5 helicopters worth $1.1 billion from Russia, the Economic Times daily reported on Wednesday.

“The contract for 48 Russian-made Mi-17-V5 helicopters worth 70 billion rupees ($1.1 billion) has topped the package deal on armament and associated materiel acquisition which was considered and approved by a session of the Defence Acquisition Council,” a source in the Indian Ministry of Defence told the publication.

India has already bought and introduced into its inventory 139 Mi-17s worth more than $2 billion.

“The advanced Russian-made helicopters will be used in difficult-terrain areas ranging from deserts to mountains along the Pakistani and Chinese borders,” Indian Air Force headquarters confirmed to TASS. ” make up the backbone of the transport helicopter fleet of the IAF,” it said.

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Indian spy dies after attack in Pakistan jail


AFP.02 May 2013

  An Indian national on death row in Pakistan, who was sentenced 16 years ago for espionage, has died of his injuries after being attacked last week by fellow inmates, his lawyer said Thursday.

Sarabjit Singh, who was convicted over deadly bombings in 1990, died at 1:00 am local time (2000 GMT Wednesday) after lying in a coma for the last five days, a senior doctor at Jinnah hospital in the eastern city of Lahore told AFP.

Singh’s lawyer Owais Sheikh confirmed the 49-year-old’s death and said his body had been moved to the hospital mortuary. The doctor said arrangements were under way for an autopsy.

Singh suffered multiple serious injuries when six prisoners attacked him on April 26 at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail, hitting him on the head with bricks and fracturing his skull.

“His condition was more than critical and he had (little) chance of survival,” Sheikh said.

The lawyer has said his client received threats following the execution of a Kashmiri separatist in India. Mohammed Afzal Guru was hanged in New Delhi on February 9 for his part in an Islamist attack on India’s parliament in 2001.

A portrait of Sarabjit Singh at Chabhal near Bhikiwind, Punjab state, dated August 24, 2005. Sentenced to death in Pakistan on charges of spying, the Indian national has died of his injuries after being attacked last week by fellow inmates, his lawyer says.

Singh was convicted for his alleged involvement in a string of bomb attacks in Pakistan’s Punjab province that killed 14 people in 1990. His mercy petitions were rejected by the courts and former president Pervez Musharraf.

His family insisted he is merely a farmer who became a victim of mistaken identity after inadvertently straying across the border while drunk.

Four members of Singh’s family — his wife, two daughters and his sister — who travelled to Lahore on Tuesday have since returned to India, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI).

PTI cited authorities as saying that the family had asked for Singh to be cremated with full state honours, and that the government would meet on Thursday to consider the request.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) condemned the attack on Singh as a “dastardly act” and called on the government to conduct a thorough inquiry into the matter and punish those found guilty.

Indian Border Security Force soldiers check the passports of family members of Sarabjit Singh, at the Indo-Pakistan Wagah Border Post on May 1, 2013.

Singh, an Indian death row prisoner in Pakistan, was attacked by fellow inmates last week and has since died from his injuries.

“The authorities have obviously failed to do their elementary duty” of providing him safety and security, the commission said in a statement.

A senior official in Delhi said earlier this week that diplomats from the high commission in Islamabad were not allowed to visit Singh in hospital, and had also complained about a lack of information on his condition.

The Pakistan foreign ministry however insisted Indian diplomats in Lahore were given access to Singh on two occasions.

The attack made front-page news in Indian newspapers, with Indian television stations running frequent updates on his condition and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh describing it as a “very sad incident”.

Pakistan last year released an Indian man who had served three decades in a Pakistani jail on espionage charges.

Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-majority India have fought three wars since the division of the subcontinent in 1947, two of them over the Himalayan region of Kashmir, which is divided between them and claimed by both.


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Russia Delivers Four MiG-29K Fighters to India in Dec.

Russia Delivers Four MiG-29K Fighters to India in Dec.

Russian aircraft maker MiG delivered in December a batch of four MiG-29K/KUB shipborne fighters to the Indian Navy under a contract concluded in 2010, the company said.

With the delivery, MiG “has fulfilled all its obligations for 2012 stipulated in the 2010 contract with the Indian Defense Ministry,” the company said in a statement.

In March 2010, Russia and India signed a $1.5-billion contract on the supply of 29 additional MiG-29K Fulcrum-D carrier-based fighter jets to New Delhi.

contract with the Indian Defense Ministry, supplying the country with 12 single-seat MiG-29Ks and four two-seat MiG-29KUBs.

The contracts for the jets also stipulate pilot training and aircraft maintenance, including the delivery of flight simulators and interactive ground and sea-based training systems.

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The Indian Navy will base the MiG-29K squadron, dubbed the “Black Panthers” at an airfield in the state of Goa on India’s west coast until INS Vikramaditya, the Soviet-built carrier originally named the Admiral Gorshkov, joins the Navy in the fall of 2013.

The MiG-29K is a navalized variant of the MiG-29 land-based fighter, and has folding wings, an arrester tail-hook, strengthened airframe and multirole capability. It can be armed with a wide variety of air-to-air and air-to-surface weaponry.

India: To stop rape, start at the top


 

Jason Overdorf.GLOBAL POST.December 28, 2012

By choosing candidates facing rape charges, India’s political parties have implicitly sanctioned the crime.

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Indian students and activists carry candles at India Gate during a protest following the gang-rape of a student in New Delhi on December 19, 2012. Indian police December 17 arrested the driver of a bus a day after a student was gang-raped and thrown out of the vehicle, reports said, in an attack that has sparked fresh concern for women’s safety in New Delhi. The attack sparked new calls for greater security for women in New Delhi, which registered 568 rapes in 2011 compared with 218 in India’s financial capital Mumbai the same year. (SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

As angry protesters marched on India’s symbolic seat of power last week, the nation’s august members of parliament raged against the government’s failure to stop violence against women.

They blasted the Delhi police for incompetence and insensitivity. And they cried out for the death penalty for six men accused of brutally gang-raping a 23-year-old woman aboard a private bus on Dec. 16. The woman succumbed to her injuries on Friday in Singapore, where she was being treated at a hospital, according to media reports.

In the story of India’s battle against sexual assault, the honorable members ignored one important footnote: Every major political party has fielded and continues to field candidates facing criminal charges for rape, harassment and other crimes against women.

“We found that all these parties had given tickets to people of dubious backgrounds, involved in crimes against women,” said Anil Bairwal, national coordinator of the watchdog group National Election Watch. “It’s the highest order of hypocrisy.”

According to mandatory self-declarations filed by candidates with the Election Commission and tabulated by National Election Watch, India’s leading political parties have offered tickets to 27 candidates accused of rape and a whopping 260 candidates facing charges for crimes against women ranging from assault to harassment over the past five years. As a result, two members of the current parliament and six members of the various state legislative assemblies are facing rape charges, while 36 others face charges for lesser crimes against women.

Not one of India’s major parties is innocent of the charge, and by some measure the two largest, national parties, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are the worst offenders, according to National Election Watch. While most of the rape accused hail from smaller parties, or from the regional Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, both based in Uttar Pradesh, 11 out of 36 legislators facing charges for crimes against women hail from the Congress and BJP. And out of the 260 candidates offered tickets despite facing such charges, the Congress and BJP account for 50.

Even amid the ongoing furor, Congress MP Abhijit Mukherjee, the son of President Pranab Mukherjee, was compelled to make a backhanded offer of resignation on Thursday after he made sexist remarks about women protesting India’s failure to stop sexual assault. “If my party high command demands I will do that,” he told a TV news channel.

And they’re wondering why the people have taken to the streets.

“They don’t treat violence against women as a serious issue,” said Rituparna, an activist affiliated with the Citizens’ Collective Against Sexual Assault. “Any violence against women should be treated seriously, and not with callousness.”

The impact of that callousness goes far beyond discouraging women from bringing charges against their abusers, as it trickles down more readily than any economic growth. Between 2002 and 2010, as many as 45 women were raped by the police while in custody, according to the Asian Center for Human Rights — while Indian law, which requires prior sanction from the government before law enforcement personnel can be prosecuted, protected the officers responsible.

The same week as the Delhi gang rape, a woman in Uttar Pradesh claimed that a police officer who’d promised to help her prosecute her attacker had instead raped her himself.

A series of horrific stories, known in shorthand as “the Mathura case,” “the Rameezabee case” or “the Suman Rani” case, make it all too clear that Indian women are not safe from sexual assault in the country’s police stations themselves. In the Mathura case, for instance, a 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two policemen in a Maharashtra police station while her unwitting parents waited patiently outside.

More from GlobalPost: Can rape protests lead to broad social change?

Where it comes to other security forces, such as the Indian army or paramilitary troops, the situation may be even worse. Women of Indian-administered Kashmir and Manipur — where the Armed Forces Special Powers Act grants the army untrammeled powers — have long complained that they are targeted for sexual assault. And in at least one notorious incident, at least 53 Kashmiri women were allegedly gang-raped by army personnel conducting interrogations related to the militant separatist struggle.

Protests against the decay of law and order and the callous treatment of victims of harassment and sexual assault continued this week in New Delhi, and across India. And though the protesters are now fewer in number, and have ceded contentious symbols such as India Gate and the house of the president to the police following a hamfisted crackdown over the weekend, the anger has not dissipated.

On Wednesday, for instance, a group of young women who had been part of protests at Jantar Mantar — a spot designated for expressions of civil disobedience — complained to the media that they had been detained and beaten up by the police the day before, according to the Times of India. (Police confirmed they had detained 17 women but denied they had been mistreated).

From a spontaneous outpouring of rage — mostly characterized by calls for castration or the death penalty for the rapists — the protests have increasingly turned against the political establishment. After police turned water cannons, tear gas and canes on protesters over the weekend, a tardy and inarticulate statement from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was inadvertently sent to the media unedited, ending with him asking his minders, “Theek hai?” (“That OK?”).

The response, via Twitter and other social media, as well as the people shouting in the street, was a resounding “No.”

But the anger is not so much directed at the Congress Party government currently responsible for law and order in the capital, as well as the nation. It’s aimed at the corrupt, incompetent and hypocritical political class as a whole — exactly as it should be.

“People are being given a small space in Jantar Mantar that is barricaded on both sides,” a merchant seaman participating in the protest told the Times of India.

“The protest has clearly been hijacked by political groups such as [the BJP’s student wing] Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, [the Congress’ student wing] National Students Union of India, [the newly formed] Aam Aadmi Party and [yoga guru turned would-be kingmaker] Baba Ramdev.”

The trouble with that kind of hijacking, however, is it’s almost certain to backfire.

 

Delhi gang rape victim dies in Singapore hospital after multiple surgeries and ‘severe organ failure’


Jill Langlois.GLOBAL POST.December 28, 2012

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A protestors chants slogans as she braces herself against the spray fired from Police water canons during a protest against the Indian governments reaction to recent rape incidents in India, in front of India Gate on December 23, 2012 in New Delhi, India. The gang rape of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus on December 16, in Delhi, has led to people to react openly against the governments current rape laws. Over a thousand protesters gathered in front of Delhi to protest against lax laws and the governments handling of recent rape cases all over India.  (Daniel Berehulak/AFP/Getty Images)

 

An Indian woman violently gang-raped aboard a bus in Delhi has died in a Singapore hospital.

“The patient passed away peacefully at 4:45 am on 29 Dec. 2012,” a statement from Mount Elizabeth Hospital said, according to BBC News. The 23-year-old’s family had been by her side, it added.

The woman arrived in Singapore on Thursday, having already undergone three operations in a hospital in Delhi.

“The patient had remained in an extremely critical condition since admission to Mount Elizabeth Hospital,” a statement from hospital chief executive Kelvin Loh said, according to the BBC.

“She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain. She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome. We are humbled by the privilege of being tasked to care for her in her final struggle.”

On Friday evening local time, the woman had taken “a turn for the worse,” according to doctors treating her in Singapore.

The woman had suffered a cardiac arrest on Wednesday evening, her lungs and abdomen were infected, and there were signs of “significant brain injury,” according to Loh.

The victim was left “practically dead” after the Dec. 16 attack, one of the surgeons who treated her in Delhi, Mahesh Chandra Misra, told The New York Times’ India blog. Most of her intestines had to be removed after they were found “hanging out” of her body, he said.

“As doctors, we’ve never witnessed anything like this,” Misra commented.

The woman was raped by several men for nearly an hour, beaten with an iron rod and cut with a knife before being dumped on a roadside in south-west Delhi, after she and a friend sought to take a private bus home from a movie theater.

The incident triggered mass street protests, during which one police officer died. According to the Times of India, the government is concerned that any decline in the victim’s condition could worsen the unrest.

Indian authorities have announced various legal and security measures in a bid to be seen to be tackling India’s rape crisis, including a plan to publicly name and shame rapists.

Yet the knee-jerk reactions have so far failed to address broader cultural problems, according to GlobalPost’s Jason Overdorf — for example, the fact that “every major political party has fielded and continues to field candidates facing criminal charges for rape, harassment and other crimes against women.”

 

Indian police charge attackers in gang-rape case with murder


 Associated  Press.December 29, 2012

 

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    Dec. 29, 2012: Indian schoolgirls hold placards during a prayer ceremony to  mourn the death of a 23-year-old gang rape victim, at a school in Ahmadabad,  India. (AP)

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    Dec. 29, 2012: A police hearse leaves Mount Elizabeth Hospital in  Singapore. (AP)

 Indian police charged six men  with murder on Saturday, hours after a woman who was gang-raped and beaten on a  bus in New Delhi nearly two weeks ago died in a Singapore hospital.

New Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said the six face the death penalty  if convicted, in a case that has triggered protests across India for greater  protection for women from sexual violence, and raised questions about lax  attitudes by police toward sexual crimes.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he was aware of the emotions the  attack has stirred, adding it was up to all Indians to ensure that the young  woman’s death will not have been in vain.

The victim “passed away peacefully” early Saturday at Mount Elizabeth  hospital in Singapore with her family and officials of the Indian Embassy by her  side, Dr. Kevin Loh, the chief executive of the hospital, said in a  statement.

After 10 days at a hospital in New Delhi, the Indian capital, the woman was  brought Thursday to Mount Elizabeth, which specializes in multi-organ  transplants. Loh said the woman had been in extremely critical condition since  Thursday, and by late Friday her condition had taken a turn for the worse, with  her vital signs deteriorating.

“Despite all efforts by a team of eight specialists in Mount Elizabeth  hospital to keep her stable, her condition continued to deteriorate over these  two days,” Loh said. “She had suffered from severe organ failure following  serious injuries to her body and brain. She was courageous in fighting for her  life for so long against the odds, but the trauma to her body was too severe for  her to overcome.”

The woman and a male friend, who have not been identified, were on a bus in  New Delhi after watching a film on the evening of Dec. 16 when they were  attacked by six men who raped her. The men beat the couple and inserted an iron  rod into the woman’s body, resulting in severe organ damage. Both were then  stripped and thrown off the bus, according to police.

Indian police have arrested six people in connection with the attack, which  left the victim with severe internal injuries, a lung infection and brain  damage. She also suffered from a heart attack while in the hospital in New  Delhi.

Indian High Commissioner, or ambassador, T.C.A. Raghavan told reporters that  the scale of the injuries the woman suffered was “very grave” and in the end  “proved too much.”

He said arrangements were being made to return her body to India later  Saturday.

The frightening nature of the crime shocked Indians, who have come out in the  thousands for almost daily demonstrations.

As news of the victim’s death reached New Delhi early Saturday, hundreds of  policemen sealed off the high-security India Gate area, where the seat of  India’s government is located, in anticipation of more protests. The area is  home to the president’s palace, the prime minister’s office and key defense,  external affairs and home ministries.

The area had seen battles between protesters and police for days after the  attack.

Ten metro stations in the vicinity also were closed Saturday, Bhagat  said.

Police were allowing people to assemble at the Jantar Mantar and Ramlila  grounds, the main areas allotted for protests in New Delhi, he said.

Mourners began gathering at Jantar Mantar to express their grief and demand  stronger protection for women and the death penalty for rape, which is now  punishable by a maximum of life imprisonment. Women face daily harassment across  India, ranging from catcalls on the streets, groping and touching in public  transport to rape.

They put a wreath studded with white flowers on the road, lit a candle and  sat around it in a silent tribute to the young woman. Members of a theatre group  nearby played small tambourine and sang songs urging the society to wake up and  end discrimination against women.

Dipali, a working woman who uses one name, said the rape victim deserved  justice. “I hope it never happens again to any girl,” she said.

Dozens of students of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi marched  silently to the bus stop from where the rape victim and her friend had boarded  the bus on Dec. 16. They carried placards reading “She is not with us but her  story must awaken us.”

Nehra Kaul Mehra, a young Indian studying urban and gender policing at  Columbia University in the United States, said “We come from a feudal and  patriarchal set-up where we value men more than women.”

“We kill daughters before they are born. Those who live are fed less,  educated less and segregated from boys,” she said with a black band of protest  around her mouth.

Sonia Gandhi, the governing Congress party chief, assured the protesters in a  statement that the rape victim’s death “deepens our determination to battle the  pervasive, the shameful social attitudes and mindset that allow men to rape and  molest women and girls with such an impunity.”

The protesters heckled Sheila Dikshit, the top elected leader of New Delhi  state, when she came to express her sympathy with them and forced her to leave  the protest venue. They blamed her for the deteriorating law and order situation  in the Indian capital.

Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said the  woman’s death was a sobering reminder of the widespread sexual violence in  India.

“The outrage now should lead to law reform that criminalizes all forms of  sexual assault, strengthens mechanisms for implementation and accountability, so  that the victims are not blamed and humiliated,” Ganguly said.

Prime Minister Singh said he understood the angry reaction to the attack and  that he hoped all Indians would work together to make appropriate changes.

“These are perfectly understandable reactions from a young India and an India  that genuinely desires change,” Singh said in a statement Saturday. “It would be  a true homage to her memory if we are able to channel these emotions and  energies into a constructive course of action.”

He said the government was examining the penalties for crimes such as rape  “to enhance the safety and security of women.”

“I hope that the entire political class and civil society will set aside  narrow sectional interests and agendas to help us all reach the end that we all  desire — making India a demonstrably better and safer place for women to live  in,” Singh said.

Mamta Sharma, head of the state-run National Commission for Women, said the  “time has come for strict laws” to stop violence against women. “The society has  to change its mindset to end crimes against women,” she said.

The tragedy has forced India to confront the reality that sexually assaulted  women are often blamed for the crime, forcing them to keep quiet and  discouraging them from reporting it to authorities for fear of exposing their  families to ridicule. Police often refuse to accept complaints from those who  are courageous enough to report the rapes, and the rare prosecutions that reach  courts drag on for years.

Indian attitudes toward rape are so entrenched that even politicians and  opinion makers have often suggested that women should not go out at night or  wear clothes that might be seen provocative.

On Friday, Abhijit Mukherjee, a national lawmaker and the son of India’s  president, apologized for calling the protesters “highly dented and painted”  women who go from discos to demonstrations.

“I tender my unconditional apology to all the people whose sentiments got  hurt,” he told NDTV news.

Several Indian celebrities reacted with sadness Saturday over the woman’s  death. Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, “Her body has passed away, but  her soul shall forever stir our hearts.”

Separately, authorities in Punjab state took action Thursday when an  18-year-old woman killed herself by drinking poison a month after she told  police she was gang-raped.

State authorities suspended one police officer and fired two others on  accusations they delayed investigating and taking action in the case. The three  accused in the rape were arrested only on Thursday night, a month after the  crime was reported.

“This is a very sensitive crime, I have taken it very seriously,” said  Paramjit Singh Gill, a top police officer in the city of Patiala.

The Press Trust of India reported that the woman was raped Nov. 13 and  reported the attack to police Nov. 27. But police harassed the girl, asked her  embarrassing questions and took no action against the accused, PTI reported,  citing police sources.

Authorities in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh also suspended a police  officer on accusations he refused to register a rape complaint from a woman who  said she had been attacked by a driver

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India secretly hangs lone surviving Mumbai gunman


The Associated Press |ERIKA KINETZ | November 22, 2012

MUMBAI, India (AP) — India secretly executed the lone surviving gunmen from the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, four years after Pakistani gunmen blazed through India’s financial capital, killing 166 people and shattering relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, was hanged early Wednesday at a jail in Pune, a city near Mumbai, after Indian President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his plea for clemency.

News of the execution was widely cheered in India, with political parties organizing public celebrations and some people setting off firecrackers. But for those more deeply touched by the events of 26/11, as the attack is known here, the hanging offered only a partial catharsis.

“This is an incomplete justice as the masterminds and main handlers of 26/11 are still absconding,” said Kavita Karkare, the widow of Hemant Karkare, the chief of Mumbai’s anti-terrorism squad who was killed while pursuing Kasab. “They should also be hanged.”

Indian officials accuse Pakistan’s intelligence agency of working with the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba to plan the attack — an allegation Islamabad denies. India and Pakistan, which have fought three wars since they were carved out of British India in 1947, suspended peace talks after the Mumbai attack.

Since 2011, the two countries have rekindled the peace talks, taken steps to bolster trade and signed a visa agreement to make cross-border travel easier, but New Delhi’s frustration with Pakistan’s failure to bring those responsible for the attack to justice has complicated efforts to mend relations.

The attacks were also a major embarrassment for India’s security establishment, which failed to stop 10 gunmen who entered Mumbai on a dinghy from running roughshod over the police and elite security forces for three days.

Indian authorities faced public pressure to execute Kasab quickly, and the government fast-tracked the appeal and execution process, which often can take years or even decades.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the ministry sent Kasab’s mercy plea to Mukherjee on Oct. 16 and he rejected it on Nov. 5.

Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said the government had attempted to inform Pakistani officials of the impending execution, but a fax sent to Pakistan’s foreign office went unanswered. He said the government had also informed Kasab’s next of kin.

Indian officials said Kasab was buried at Yerwada Central Jail, where he was executed. Some of India’s most famous freedom fighters including Mohandas Gandhi served time there.

News of the execution provoked little immediate comment in Pakistan. Pakistan foreign office spokesman Moazzam Ali Khan said Kasab’s family had not approached authorities about bringing his body home.

“We will look into this matter if the family of Ajmal Kasab contacts us to bring his body back, but so far they have not contacted us,” he said.

Kasab and nine other gunmen entered Mumbai by boat on Nov. 26, 2008. Carrying cellphones, grenades and automatic weapons, they fanned out across the city, targeting two luxury hotels, a Jewish center, a tourist restaurant and a crowded train station. The three-day attack was broadcast live on television, transfixing the nation and the world.

A photo of Kasab striding through Mumbai’s main train station, an assault rifle in hand, quickly became the iconic image of the siege.

All of the other attackers were killed during the siege. After Kasab was captured, an Indian judge sentenced Kasab to death in May 2010 for waging war against India, murder and terrorism, among other charges. Kasab cried as he heard the sentence.

In his confession, Kasab said he was recruited by Lashkar-e-Taiba after he left a low-paying job as a shop assistant in search of greater fortune as a bandit. The attackers were in regular phone contact with handlers in Pakistan during the siege.

Some in India felt Kasab should have been executed publicly. Others complained that the government had spent too much money on the care and feeding of a vilified criminal and said that for justice to be done, the attack’s masterminds — not just their foot soldier — must be punished.

Mukesh Agarwal, who was shot in his right arm during the attack, called Kasab’s execution “the best possible gift” from the Indian government. But he said “instead of secretly hanging him, they government should have hanged him publicly.”

“I am sad and happy both,” said Sonu, an office clerk in New Delhi who uses one name. “Sad because I wonder what forced him do such things and happy because this will be a good example to all the terrorists in the future.”