Kasab calm and smiling before being hanged, declared dead at 8 am

Ajmal Kasab

On Tuesday, a day before the hanging, doctors conducted a health check-up of Kasab that included examination of his blood pressure, pulse and mental condition. The psychiatrists who examined him too felt he was fine, Raut said and added that Kasab was kept in the 'anda' cell of the jail and was served two meals on Tuesday.

On Wednesday morning, Kasab was woken up at 5 am. "He drank a cup of tea and even at that time he smiled," Raut said. "He was very comfortable, did not say any prayers but just sat at one place and continued to smile. He was conscious and cooperative."

Even before he was sent to Yerawada jail from Arthur road jail in Mumbai, Kasab seemed to be in a "perfect" state of mind. Dr T P Lahane, dean of Mumbai's J J Hospital, said Kasab was fine and did not speak to anyone. "He was checked by our doctors and was declared fit before being sent to Pune," Lahane told The Indian Express.

J J hospital doctors who had treated Kasab in prison earlier this month when he was suspected to have dengue fever had said that he only had a mild fever at that time. Kasab was examined twice a week by J J hospital doctors while jail doctors were available around the clock, Lahane added. "When he had a mild fever, he was given antibiotics and was medically fine. There were no other ailments," Lahane said.

Psychiatrists who had interacted with Kasab in Arthur road jail recalled how Kasab seemed to be in a normal state of mind even when he met doctors two years ago. He sang songs and laughed a lot then, said the psychiatrists who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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