Mumbai, Nov 29: Media reports claimed on Saturday that the terrorist, who was involved in the Mumbai attacks and was caught alive by security forces, has confessed during interrogation that they had planned to blow up the historic Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai.
Police sources revealed that the terrorists had brought enough explosives with them to blow up the building.
The terrorist – 21-year-old Azam Amir Kasav from Pakistan's Faridkot – reportedly told police that they wanted to replicate Islamabad’s JW Marriot Hotel attack, do a 9/11 in India, and reduce the Taj Hotel building – a symbol of India’s economic prosperity – to rubble.
Azam and his accomplice had opened fire at Mumbai’s CST station on Wednesday night before moving to Metro Cinema and then to Girgaum Chowpatty in a stolen car. There, they were intercepted by a team from the Gamdevi police station. In the ensuing encounter, Azam's accomplice was killed and he himself was injured and caught alive.
First Published: Saturday, November 29, 2008, 00:00