Kasab sought ‘daya’ in clemency plea to President
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Ajmal Kasab, the face of the 26/11 terror strike on Mumbai who was hanged on November 21, 2012 had begged for "daya" (mercy) from the President through his four-line clemency plea written in Urdu, which was rejected.
The hand-written petition dated September 12, 2012, which has been made public more than a month after Kasab was hanged, shows glaring Urdu language errors. The application has been provided to Lucknow-based activist Urvashi Sharma under the RTI Act.
In his brief application, Kasab pleaded, "Sir, mujhe fansi ki saza Supreme Court ho gayi hai. Fansi ki saza se mujhe chorr diya jaye. Mere upar daya karo aur mujhe fansi ki se riha kar de. Apka Ajmal Kasab (sic)." It was translated by the jail authorities as, "Sir, I have been sentenced by Supreme Court for capital punishment (hanged till death). It is most humbly and respectfully pleaded to spare me from death sentence and also get me released from the gallows. It is my humble request. Yours".
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