Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole survivor of the terrorist team that carried out the Mumbai attacks last November, showed signs of being trained in how to withstand interrogation but cracked within hours, a top Indian cop has said.
Rakesh Maria, the head of the Mumbai Crime Branch said Kasab cracked within hours and supplied information on the outline of the terrorist plot and his origins. Maria, the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), told a leading newspaper "Kasab was relatively forthcoming."
But Kasab told the court yesterday that police beat his confession, which hints at the involvement of the Pakistan state in the atrocity - out of him.
Earlier, Maharashtra's Home Minister Jayant Patil told the British daily that a plot had been hatched "from abroad" to kill Kasab. He said measures were put into place after intelligence indicated that a plot had been hatched from abroad to kill Kasab.
Collaborating it, Maria said a plan to silence the captured gunman had been unearthed and it originated from "across the border" - a reference to Pakistan, where the Lashkar-e-Toeba, the mastermind behind the attack, is located.
Maria admitted that Kasab knows a limted amount. "We have a limb, not the brain of the organisation behind the attack".