I had orders to kill, take hostages, says Kasab
Mumbai: Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the Pakistani terrorist who confessed to his role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks yesterday, revealed before the Special Court here on Tuesday that he had instructions to kill and take people hostage at the CST railway station.
Revealing more details of the encounter at CST on the night of November 26, Kasab said that he had orders from his Pakistani handlers to fire indiscriminately at the railway station.
“I’d instructions to take people hostage at CST and fire at anyone, including cops, who came to rescue them,” the lone surviving Mumbai attacker said.
The judge however disallowed Kasab from making further statement and adjourned the hearing till tomorrow after the prosecution sought more time.
Kasab had last evening sought permission from the judge to reveal more after making his confession about his role in the 26/11 attacks. The court had however disallowed him from speaking any further as the prosecution and defence lawyers were not present in the court premises.
‘Prosecution examining confession’
Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam meanwhile said he was minutely examining the confessions made by Kasab and would comment only afterwards as to whether the confession was a ploy to divert attention from the case.
Kasab has suppressed many facts in his confession, Nikam said, adding the Mumbai attacker also said many inflammatory things in the court which the special judge prohibited the media from publishing after observing that these could affect the communal harmony of the country.
According to Nikam, Kasab told the court that after killing people at CST and taking others as hostage, he had been instructed to make demands before the Indian government. Kasab however did not specify the demands he had been asked to make.
The Special Public Prosecutor further said after Kasab’s confession the court now has three options before it: to accept the confession, reject it or endorse what the =
He added that he would speak to top Mumbai police officials before deciding whether to accept in toto Kasab’s confession.
“I want this trial to finish as soon as possible,” he added.
Kasab also revealed during the hearing today that a guard at the Arthur Road Jail had told him that Islamabad had accepted he was from Pakistan.
However, Nikam said it was not a serious matter and would not affect the trial in any manner.
Kasab’s lawyer Abbas Kazmi meanwhile denied today that his client had made a confession in the court. Kasab was only responding to a question and pleading guilty before the court yesterday, Kazmi told reporters today.
The trial may continue, the lawyer said further, adding he was not working on his next step as of now.
Kasab had in his confession on the Mumbai attacks case yesterday narrated the entire sequence of events right from setting off to India from Karachi till his arrest.
“Sir, mujhe mera gunah kabul hai (I plead guilty to my crime),” Kasab had told the court, while requesting it to announce the verdict.
He had revealed before a stunned courtroom names of his Pakistani handlers, including Abu Hamza, Abu Zunjal, Abu Kafa and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, who saw them off when they boarded a ship at Karachi.
Kasab said yesterday that he was confessing now because Pakistan had ‘disowned’ him. The Pakistan federal investigators have named Kasab in a chargesheet concerning the 26/11 trial.
Naming Lakhvi as "the mastermind" behind the Mumbai terror mayhem, Kasab described in detail how he and his associate Abu Ismail (who was shot by the police) went to a CST public toilet and assembled one of the bombs by installing a timer in it for use later.
Kasab along with his accomplice Abu Ismail had attacked CST and Cama Hospital firing indiscriminately and killing several people. The duo were also involved in the killing of senior police officers Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salaskar
He had also given details of his encounters with the then Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare and his associate Vijay Salaskar inside Cama Hospital and how he finally killed him.
It was in the same firefight that the terror duo killed another senior police official, Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte, before hijacking a police jeep and escaping toward Girgaum Chowpatty.
Kasab and other accused also face conspiracy charges for the firing at hotels Taj and Oberoi, Nariman House, Leopold Cafe restaurant and planting a bomb that exploded at Vile Parle.