I did not kill Karkare, Kamate & Salaskar: Kasab

Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab on Tuesday asserted he did not kill police officers Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamate and Vijay Salaskar during the 26/11 attacks.

Mumbai: Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab on Tuesday asserted he did not kill police officers Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamate and Vijay Salaskar during the 26/11 attacks and requested the Bombay High Court to ascertain the movements of these slain officers from wireless message records.

Kasab`s lawyer Amin Solkar said evidence adduced by
the prosecution showed that then ATS chief Karkare was in
touch with the police control room at the time of the attacks
and he was informed over wireless that terrorists had opened
fire in Cama Hospital.

"Why did Karkare and others take a longer route to
reach Cama instead of taking a shorter way as they were in
close vicinity of the hospital," Solkar asked.

He also questioned why Karkare and other officers had
proceeded in the direction where terrorists were hiding when
they were specifically informed by the control room that two
gunmen, on a killing spree, were holed up behind a car. "Also
why did they go near the car when they saw it?"

All these questions need to be answered and the best
course would be to call for the wireless message records and
the print out of Karkare`s cell phone calls which had not been
produced in the trial court, Solkar argued.

The high court is hearing confirmation of death
sentence awarded to Kasab for his role in killing 166 people
in the terror attacks.

Solkar, assisted by lawyers Farhana Shah and Santosh
Deshpande, denied Kasab`s presence in and near Cama Hospital.

They said although the prosecution`s case is that
Kasab and another attacker, Abu Ismael, had entered the
hospital and fired at policemen, evidence before the court
indicated that the two terrorists, who had shot dead the
officers, were not the same who were present at Cama.

They argued that AK-47 empties were not recovered from
the top floors of Cama hospital where Kasab and Ismael were
believed to have gone. Also, no bullets of AK-47 rifles were
recovered from the spot. Only pistol bullets were found and
these were used by police. This indicated that terrorists at
Cama did not have ammunition for their AK-47 weapons.

The death of two policemen in Cama Hospital and injury
suffered by police officer Sadanand Date were caused due to
hand grenades and not as a result of firing, they argued.

If the prosecution`s story (that Kasab and Ismael had
killed Karkare and others) was true then they would have had
the ammunition with them. But evidence showed that in Cama
hospital, terrorists were without AK-47 ammunition, they said.

Solkar said police have not adduced evidence to show
what had happened after the hijacking of Skoda car at Nariman
Point and its interception during a `nakabandi` at Chowpatty.
No probe was done during that intervening period, he argued.

It is the case of the prosecution that Kasab and his
slain partner Ismael had hijacked Skoda car after committing
terror acts, and the former was apprehended at Chowpatty.

Kasab did not appear for video conference link put up
in the court to enable him hear proceedings from jail.