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26/11 attackers took sea route, assert cops

india Updated: Feb 28, 2009 01:09 IST
Debashish Panigrahi

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Rakesh Maria, reiterated that 26/11 attackers had used sea route to reach India. He was reacting to a senior Pakistan defence official’s claims that the Mumbai attackers had not used sea route to reach India.

Maria said the route map which had been prepared on the basis of data retrieved from the GPS sets used by the terrorists clearly indicated that their journey had started from Pakistan waters.

“Moreover, one of the GPS sets contain 50 locations in Karachi. It is possible that the particular set had been used for their location tracing training by the instrument in Pakistan,” Maria said.

Meanwhile, bodies of two out of the nine slain terrorists still remain unidentified even as the Mumbai police has started preparing itself for the 26/11 trial to be held at the high security Arthur Road jail.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Rakesh Maria, said on Friday that the two bodies could not be identified as they were charred beyond recognition during the commando operations at the Taj Hotel. Their identification was made on the basis of the photographs attached to the fake identity cards found on them.

However, the other seven bodies have been identified by 39 eyewitnesses. This was for the first time that identification parade was held for bodies.

These 39 are among the 2,202 witnesses who had deposed during the November 26 case investigations.

The list of witnesses also include the Members of Parliament (MPs) who were present at the Taj Hotel during the terrorist siege and were later rescued. Maria however, refused to speak out whether the MPs had been made witness in the case by saying, “there are some witnesses who deal with politics.”