Abu Hamza, the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) operative who carried out the attack at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) three years back, has been identified by the Mumbai police as one of the main plotters of the November 26 attacks. Hamza is a protégé of former ISI director and a serving General in the Pakistan Army, a senior Intelligence Bureau officer told HT.
“Hamza was the commander of the training camps where Mohammed Amir Ajmal Kasab and the nine other terrorists were trained,” confirmed Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deven Bharti.
It was during the tenure of this General, who headed the ISI between 2004 and 2007, that the Bangalore attack was planned and executed on December 28, 2005. Munish Chandra Puri, Professor Emeritus in the Mathematics Department of IIT-Delhi, was killed in the attack and four others were injured.
Quoting Ajmal’s responses to the police, officials said the 10 terrorists underwent intensive and isolated training at Azizabad near Karachi. “Hamza gave them his own example to stress that it is not impossible to return to base after a difficult assignment in India,” a senior crime branch official said.
The crime branch on Wednesday also named LeT’s chief operations commander Zaki-Ur-Rehman Lakhvi as the mastermind of the attacks.