Even after six months in solitary confinement, suspected Pakistani Laskhar-e-Tayyeba operative Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab is still remorseless.
He seems to care little on the outcome of the 26/11 trial — if found guilty for killing 72 people and waging war against the nation, he could be sent to the gallows.
Kasab’s lackadaisical attitude towards the charges levelled against him was on display on Friday in the special court set up within the Arthur Road prison to try him and two local Lashkar operatives — Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed.
When Kasab was brought in court, before special judge M.L. Tahaliyani occupied his chair, he reportedly looked at Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, and started laughing.
Nikam asked him to stop his “drama”, Kasab replied he “had not done anything wrong”. During the informal conversation when Nikam asked him how many people he had killed on the night of November 26, 2008, Kasab claimed he was innocent and said “none”.
When Nikam persisted, the 21-year-old alleged fidayeen casually remarked that it was the court’s job to decide the number of people he had killed.
Later, special judge Tahaliyani entered the court and the day’s proceedings started.
Prosecution witness Sanjay Sonawane, employed with a nationalised bank, told the court that Crime Branch sleuths had in his presence opened and resealed two packets containing a notepad and a map of the city [allegedly drawn by Ansari], reportedly recovered from Kasab’s slain buddy partner Abu Ismail.
The packets were reportedly opened to mark the handwriting on the notepad and the map before sending the evidence to handwriting experts.