Mumbai: Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab and his companions were instructed by their Lashkar-e-Toiba handlers on telephone to hold as many hostages as possible during the 26/11 terror attacks to demand from the Indian government the creation of a "separate state for Muslims".
This was stated today by Government counsel Ujjwal Nikam to the Bombay High Court which is hearing confirmation of death sentence awarded to Kasab, who was captured alive after the terror attacks on the night of November 26-27, 2008.
To fulfil the demands for a separate state for Muslims in India and liberation of Kashmir, LeT advised the terrorists on phone to take VIPs as hostages to compel the Government to act on them, Nikam told the court to justify Kasab`s conviction on the charge of "Waging war against the nation".
This is contained in the intercepts of telephonic conversations the handlers in Pakistan had with the terrorists during the 26/11 attacks, Nikam said.
He said LeT handlers had also advised the attackers to identify themselves as Indian Muslims belonging to Indian Mujahideen and hide that they had come from Pakistan.
"With this objective in mind, Kasab and his team mate Abu Ismael had headed towards Malabar Hill area, where VIPs such as High Court judges, Ministers and Governor reside, to hold VIPs as hostages to fulfil their demands", Nikam told Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice RV More.
Referring to Kasab`s confession, Nikam said that slain terrorist Abu Ismael had the knowledge as to where and why they were going to Malabar Hill. However, he told Kasab that he would disclose only after reaching Malabar Hill.
Kasab did not appear today on the screen for the video conference link put up in the court to hear the case.