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HindustanTimes Tue,02 Sep 2014

Special ‘Kasab class’ for new Lashkar recruits

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Srinagar/New Delhi, July 06, 2014
First Published: 16:51 IST(6/7/2014) | Last Updated: 01:12 IST(7/7/2014)

A special ‘Kasab class’ is part of Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba’s training module for new recruits through which they are told about the mistakes made by Ajmal Kasab during the deadly 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks of 2008.

This emerged during interrogation of LeT terrorist Mohd Naveed Jutt, alias Abu Hanzala, a resident of Multan in Pakistan, who was arrested by Indian police in the third week of last month in south Kashmir, according to official sources. Jutt told interrogators that his father was a retired army driver, and he and his brothers were part of madarsas owned by Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a front for Lashkar, the sources said.

Kasab was part of the LeT’s 10-man team of suicide attackers that executed the 26/11 strikes targeting Mumbai’s iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Oberoi Trident Hotel, Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel, and Leopold Café. The attacks left 164 dead (including the 10 attackers, of whom Kasab was executed later), maiming another 308.  

Jutt is reported to have told officials that the LeT bosses gave a video presentation to new recruits during “Daura-e-Sufa” (training cadre for religious indoctrination) at Maksar Aksar Camp in 2009 in which there was graphic description of Kasab’s mistakes.

Among the slip-ups pointed out was the inability of Kasab and his team to destroy the boat that carried them to the Mumbai coast, speaking on satellite phones with real identities, inability to take any hostages, and getting arrested, said a counter-terror investigator. 

The expert said, “LeT’s dastardly 26/11 attacks is seen by it as a definite high point. But on the other hand, it also dealt it a crippling blow since Kasab got arrested and exposed the role played by the outfit’s top brass, including its chief Hafiz Saeed, and their patrons in the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence. LeT is now trying to draw lessons from what it considers were its mistakes.”      

Jutt is the first Lashkar terrorist who has said during questioning that he had met Kasab, the Pakistan terrorist hanged in November last year after being sentenced to death for his role in the 2008 Mumbai carnage.

Accused of killing many policemen in south Kashmir, Jutt is reported to have said that he was part of Borevalla Sahiwala camp of LeT in Multan district of Punjab where he had met Kasab, whose father was a butcher at the same madarsa.

Kasab was reserved during their brief interaction, Jutt recalled, which happened months before the Mumbai attack.


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