MUMBAI (AFP) - Calls for the immediate execution of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks, grew in India on Thursday after his Supreme Court appeal was rejected. Kasab was one of 10 gunmen who targeted the main railway station, luxury hotels and other venues in the city during nearly three days of carnage when 166 people were killed in scenes that unfolded live on television. Indian convicts sentenced to hanging often languish for years on death row and Kasab can also seek clemency from the president, but victims’ relatives, politicians and the media demanded he should be executed as soon as possible.

“He should be hanged at once,” Moumina Khatoon, the wife of a taxi driver who was killed during the attacks, told AFP. “A man who doesn’t deserve to live has been kept alive for so long. What for?” “The judgement is out.... I want to see him hanged to death,” Mohammed Hanif Peer, who lost his brother in the attacks, told the Hindustan Times. Kasab, who is currently held in a maximum-security prison in Mumbai, was found guilty on charges including waging war, murder and terrorist acts, and was sentenced to death in May 2010.