Pak must walk terror talk
SHIV SHANKAR Menon, the new foreign secretary who assumed office on Sunday, says India will give evidence to Pakistan about the involvement of the ISI and Pakistan-based terror groups in the Mumbai blasts and judge the country by its actions and not words.india Updated: Oct 02, 2006 15:43 IST
SHIV SHANKAR Menon, the new foreign secretary who assumed office on Sunday, says India will give evidence to Pakistan about the involvement of the ISI and Pakistan-based terror groups in the Mumbai blasts and judge the country by its actions and not words.
Bolstering India's position will be the decision of two of the 15 blasts accused to confess to their roles and turn approvers in the case.
In Mumbai, an Anti-Terrorism Squad officer involved in the 11/7 blasts probe said on Sunday that the confessions of Tanbvir Ansari and Jameer Sheikh, alleged Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operatives, would help police establish the case against the accused and prove the ISI's involvement.
The officer said Ansari and Jameer Sheikh played a "key" but only "logistical" part in plotting and executing the 11/7 blasts that were masterminded by Faisal Sheikh, said to be the LeT's western India commander.
He said the two were willing to confess to their roles and the part played by the other blasts accused, including the 11 Pakistani bombers who participated in the attack.
Mumbai Police Commissioner A.N. Roy confirmed the development. "Two of the blasts accused have indicated their willingness to confess and turn approvers," he told HT. "Their confessions would help the ATS prepare a case against all of the blasts accused that will stand the scrutiny of the court."
Roy said he was confident that police would be able to produce adequate material and corroborative evidence that would stand the scrutiny of the trial court.
"Since we have applied the provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) to the case, the confessions of the accused made before the appropriate authority, police officers of the rank of DCP and above, would be admissible," he said.
Roy said the evidence the ATS had included cotton swabs indicating the presence of RDX at Faisal's Bandra flat, the statements of flat-owners in Borivali (East) and Malad where Faisal had housed the 11 Pakistanis since May, circumstantial evidence recovered from the Govandi shanty where the explosives were made, and 26,000 Saudi riyals that were recovered from Faisal's flat.
Other ATS officers said police were in the process of collecting more evidence and needed a fortnight to tie up the loose ends.