‘Kasab death certificate can be sent to Pak if sought’

A day after the execution of Ajmal Amir Kasab was carried out in Pune's Yerawada Central Prison, state Home officials are in discussions with Central government officials whether his death certificate should be forwarded to his family in Pakistan.

Kasab, the lone terrorist to have been captured alive from a batch of 10 that carried out the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, was hanged on Wednesday morning and buried at a secret location inside the jail.

There has been no request so far at the embassy level to hand over Kasab's death certificate to his family in Pakistan, said an official. "We have the death certificate. What remains to be done is forward the death certificate to them, though there has been no such request from the embassy," said a senior Maharashtra Home official. The Centre is yet to take a decision on it.

After death by hanging was confirmed, the death certificate was signed by the chief medical officer and the executive magistrate and forwarded to the metropolitan magistrate in Mumbai. "Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde stated that they had intimated the Pakistani officials via telegram and fax. They had not asked for the body. What remains is the death certificate that can be given to family members of Kasab," said the senior government official.

State to reward Operation X team

The state government will felicitate jail and police officers part of Operation X, under which 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab was shifted from Arthur Road to Yerawada Jail in Pune and hanged.

Home Minister R R Patil will also meet Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) teams posted at Arthur Road Jail. ITBP kept a hawkeye on Kasab while he was lodged there.

"Officers who did good work should be rewarded," said Patil. He reiterated the Maharashtra government demand that charges levied by ITBP be waived as 26/11 was an attack on the nation. ITBP has sent a bill of Rs 33.88 crore to the state government.

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