Kasab answered all Census questions: Officials

Mumbai: What possible answer could Ajmal Kasab, the Pakistani terrorist convicted in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case, have given to a Census query on `reasons of migration`?

Kasab, whose conviction and death sentence for his role in the November 2008 attacks were upheld by the Bombay High Court this week, was counted for the 15th National Census and answered all the questions asked by the enumerators.

"A jail officer had met Kasab and got all the required answers from him for the Census. Also, few details were given by us on his behalf, such as his date of birth, address, religion, mother-tongue, etc., from our records," said Rajendra Dhamne, Superintendent of the high security Arthur Road prison here where Kasab is lodged.

As per the jail records, Kasab`s age is 23, he hails from Faridkot, Pakistan, and has studied upto class 4th.

The questions related to reason of migration, nature of work, marital status, education, religion, languages known, source of income, nationality, etc.

"Kasab was counted for the census and like any other individual, he had to answer a set of questions relating to personal and professional details. We cannot reveal what he told us," said Dr S D Thosar, Assistant Health Officer (Census).

All the 3,500 inmates at Arthur Road prison were counted. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation`s enumerators had trained jail authorities on how to carry out the exercise in prisons.