With reports doing rounds about the state government spending anywhere between Rs 16 crore to Rs 100 crore of taxpayers' money on the lone surviving terrorist Ajmal Qasab, it has become apparent that Qasab's security and a fair trial has proved to be an expensive proposition for the state.
In comparison, the government has spent just Rs 13.73 crore in compensation for the relatives of the 175 victims who were gunned down by the terrorist and his nine accomplices.
If sources from the Democratic Front government are to be believed, then the cost of protecting the terrorist has taken its toll on the state's coffers.
Police officials across the city were busy yesterday as security was beefed up for the third anniversary of the 26/11 attacks. There were nakabandis on city roads and cars and bikers were checked carefully