Mumbai terror attack accused Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab was on Wednesday remanded in police custody till January 6 by a local court for theft of the Skoda in which he attempted to escape with his accomplice on November 26 after gunning down several people in south Mumbai.
This is the third case in which the police’s Crime Branch has sought his custody. For security reasons, the accused was not produced before the court for the third time since his first remand.
In the earlier two cases, his remand had been obtained for interrogation in connection with shooting people at the busy Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and killing three police officers — Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar and Ashok Kamte — outside Cama Hospital.
Kasab has been booked for several offences under the IPC including waging war against the nation, murder and attempt to murder. He has also been separately charged with offences under the Arms Act and Explosives Act.
At 11.15 am, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate N.N. Srimangale went to the Crime Branch lock-up where Kasab has been lodged. Srimangale was accompanied by Additional Public Prosecutor Eknath Dhumal. This was the second time that the magistrate had gone to the Crime Branch for Kasab’s remand.
To a query by the magistrate, Kasab said he had no complaints against the police. The accused appeared to be calm and composed, Dhumal told Hindustan Times.
Asked if Kasab had sought any lawyer to defend him, Dhumal said, “This is the remand stage and the question of his defence would arise only during the trial. But Kasab did not make any such demand today.”
The police have registered 12 cases against Kasab in connection with the November 26 terror attack. Nine associates of Kasab were killed in police and special commando forces firing in the three-day siege, while Kasab was caught alive by the police at Chowpatty when he was trying to escape in a car that he and his associate Ismail Khan had taken at gunpoint. Kasab has reportedly told the police that he and the other nine terrorists hailed from Pakistan.