Kasab responsible for deaths at Taj, Oberoi, Nariman: Nikam
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Last Updated: Monday, November 15, 2010, 20:42
Mumbai: 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab was responsible for the death of many people in Nariman House and Taj and Oberoi-Trident hotels although he directly did not participate in the dastardly acts at these places, government counsel Ujjwal Nikam told the Bombay High Court on Monday.

All the 10 terrorists carried mobiles which were used by them to talk to their handlers in Pakistan but only five of them were recovered from the slain attackers while the rest were destroyed in the mayhem caused due to deadly explosions at various places targetted by them, Nikam said in his arguments aimed at establishing Kasab's role in the attacks.

Each mobile phone recovered from them showed a common number which was that of their handlers in Pakistan, he said. Kasab and his partner Abu Ismael also carried mobile phones and both made attempts to talk to their handlers when they reached Chhatrapati Shivaji railway terminus here but could not establish contact... This was revealed by Kasab before a magistrate, Nikam argued.

see less crowd at CST because they wanted to kill large number of people, Nikam told justices Ranjana Desai and R V More who are hearing the confirmation of death sentence awarded to the Pakistani terrorist and his appeal against conviction.

However, the mobile phones of Kasab and Ismael could not be recovered because Ismael had put them in his pocket and might have dropped them while moving from one place to another, Nikam told the court.

The government counsel told the court that slain terrorist Imran Babar learnt from his Pakistan-based handler that Kasab had been arrested by police and he (Imran) tried to negotiate on telephone with Israeli Consulate for his release in exchange of hostages.

Nikam harped on intercepted talks between handlers and terrorists to prove how Kasab was responsible for the terror attacks at Nariman House and hotels Taj Mahal and Oberoi, why the charge of "waging war against nation" was justified in this case and how conspiracy was hatched by LeT to rope in Kasab and nine others in the crime.

Nikam said the conspirators had opened account with CALLPHONEX, a VOIP based in New Jersy, US, to facilitate their calls with the terrorists on their mobile phones. FBI had also informed India that money was sent from Pakistan to New Jersey through Money Gram.

To a query by judges as to why conspirators had opened account with CALLPHONEX when they could have directly talked to the particular number on mobile phones, Nikam said the sole purpose of the planners was to hide the identity of Pakistan.

Asserting that the 26/11 attacks were state-sponsored act of terrorism, Nikam said fictitious account was opened with CALLPHONEX in the name of Khadak Singh. Terrorists wore red thread on their wrists to give an impression that they were Hindus and they carried bogus identity cards with Indian identities to mislead investigation authorities, Nikam said.

Nikam has already submitted arguments on how Kasab had killed people at CST, in and outside Cama Hospital and other places. Arguments will continue tomorrow.


First Published: Monday, November 15, 2010, 20:42

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