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26/11 Mumbai attack was 'premeditated': SC told

PTI  New Delhi, February 16, 2012
First Published: 19:19 IST(16/2/2012) | Last Updated: 19:40 IST(16/2/2012)

Evidence in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case involving Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab and nine slain terrorists clearly showed it to be a "pre-meditated" assault on the country's commercial capital by Pakistani terrorists, guided by their handlers from across the border, the Supreme Court was told on Thursday.

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The prosecution said the recovery of a diary with contents in Urdu and the intercepts of telephonic conversation among the ten terrorists and their handlers in Pakistan established that the terror attack in Mumbai, in which 166 people were killed, was "pre-planned and pre-arranged."

"From the diary and intercepts of telephonic conversation between the terrorists and their handlers, three things are clear that the attack in Mumbai on November 26, 2008 was pre-meditated involving ten terrorists who were from Pakistan," former solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam and special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told a bench of justice Aftab Alam and justice CK Prasad.

Subramaniam said it was disclosed from the diary which was recovered from the boat, Kuber, used by the terrorists to reach Mumbai, that they had come together and on reaching the city, they got divided into five groups with specific targets.

"This diary clearly proves that the ten terrorists had come in a group and attacked Mumbai. They were from Pakistan. It was a pre-planned and pre-arranged attack as after reaching Budhawar Park they divided themselves into five groups and attacked their respective targets", the Maharashtra government counsel said while seeking the apex court's endorsement to the death sentence awarded to 24-year-old Kasab, the sole convict in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.


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