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Kasab to fast during Ramzan

india Updated: Aug 11, 2009 01:05 IST
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Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist held in connection with the November 26, 2008, Mumbai attack, will observe fast during Ramzan.

The holy month will begin from August 21.

Defence lawyer Abbas Kazmi, appointed to defend the 21-year-old Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative, on Monday, handed over the time table, and requested the court to make arrangements so that the Pakistani national is kept informed about the fast timings.

Muslims observe fast during Ramzan and eat only before sunrise and after sunset. Though the timings of breaking Rozas are fixed, the Pakistani national has no means of knowing the time of the day inside his high security cell at Arthur Road jail, where he is currently lodged.

The judge, M.L. Tahaliyani, said he would pass an order in due course on the plea of the 26/11 attacker.

While speaking to reporters outside the court, Kazmi said that during Ramzan, the prisoners are allowed to bring in fruits and dry fruits from outside. Lunch and dinner timings are adjusted according to their fast timings. He expected this facility would be extended to Kasab too.

The defence lawyer also brought four Urdu storybooks for his client and handed them over to the court. The books would be given to the accused by the jail authorities.

The books — Kalisa Aur Aag, (Holy Cross and Fire), Kafila-e-Hejaz (Caravan of Hejaz), Kaisar Va Kusra (A romantic tale) and Daastane-Mardane Hur (Hur’s story) — were chosen by Kasab himself out of a list provided by the prison authorities.

The books would be Arthur Road prison’s property after Kasab finishes reading them.