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‘A cleric made me see sense’

india Updated: Jul 28, 2009 01:28 IST
‘A cleric made me see sense’

Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) operative, Jahid Patni (32), was arrested on October 2, 2003, after he confessed to his involvement in the twin blasts and turned approver. He was later granted bail. Here’s his first-person account of how he gave in the other accused.

“I grew up in Mira Road. Ashrat Ansari [co-accused] and I are childhood friends. In 1999, I took up a job in Dubai.
In 2000, I befriended Naim, Nasir, Mohammad Hanif, Samiullah and Bilal Rehman.

Naim was a LeT member.

We discussed atrocities committed on Muslims in India.

Another LeT member, Maulana Hafiz Hasan, would give us talks on Pakistani jihad.

Here I met LeT member Abdul Razzak who was trained in Pakistan to make bombs. Hanif, Nasir and I joined LeT.

On vacation in Mumbai I met Ashrat. Disturbed after the Gujarat riots, he wanted revenge. I told him I had joined the LeT and that Hanif would contact him when in Mumbai.

Back in Dubai in August 2002, Samiullah and Bilal... asked us to “carry out blasts”.

In December, Hanif and Ashrat told me they had carried out a blast in Ghatkopar.

I visited India in May 2003. And with Ashrat, Hanif and Nasir, I planned the next blasts.

I returned to Dubai.

On August 25, 2003, another blast took place. A few days after Ashrat, Hanif and his family were arrested, my name croped up as a suspect. Yasin advised me to go to Pakistan and then to another country.

But a meeting with Maulvi Zafar in Dubai changed my mind. Maulvisaab said bombs don’t differentiate between Hindus and Muslims. That is when I felt I should be punished.”