The man accused of being the lone surviving gunman in last year’s Mumbai attacks told a special court on Monday that he was from Pakistan and wanted legal assistance, a senior police officer said.
The trial of Ajmal Amir Kasab, whom police formally charged in February with “waging war” against India, began on Monday via a video link with his prison in Mumbai.
The court heard Kasab along with the alleged mapmakers — Fahim Ahmed and Sabahuddin. The three were produced in the court of special judge M.L. Thailyani.
When the Judge asked Kasab his name, he replied with confident smile on his face. He also said that he is a resident of Pakistan’s Okara province and said that he hails from Faridkot village.
“I don’t have a lawyer,” special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam quoted him as telling the judge. “He was smiling throughout and said that he was from Faridkot in Pakistan.”
Nikam said, “He started laughing when the judge asked him if he understood everything in the chargesheet.”
New Delhi says state agencies in Pakistan were involved in the attacks, while Islamabad denies this and has asked for more evidence.
Police say Kasab was one of 10 gunmen who arrived in Mumbai by sea and rampaged through landmarks including five-star hotels, the main train station and a Jewish centre. The court extended the remand of the trio till March 30. (With inputs from agencies)
Judge Tahilyani: Tumhara naam kya hai? (What’s your name)
Kasab: Mohammad Ajmal Mohammad Amir Kasab.
Judge: Kahan ke rehne wale ho? (Where are you from)
Kasab: Pakistan country waha Okara aur FaridKhot gaon (Okara in Pakistan village named Faridkhot)
Judge: Kya thume chargesheet ki copy mili? (Did you get the copy of the chargesheet)
Kasab: Han (Yes)
Judge: Thumare liye koi vakil hai kya? (Do you have a lawyer)
Kasab: Filhal toh nahi (No)
Judge: Vakil appoint karna chate ho ya sarkar ke karch me vakil chachiye (Do you have a lawyer or u want a government lawyer
Kasab: (smiling) Ji.
Judge: Kya aap jaante ho main kaun hoon? (Do you know who I am)
Kasab: I don’t know
Judge: Main judge hoon jo tumhara case chalane wala hoon. (I am the Judge who will conduct your trial )
Kasab: (smiling): Namaste