Continuing his flip-flop, the lone surviving 26/11 attacker, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, on Monday claimed before a special court that all the four terrorists who stormed Hotel Taj were Indians.
“While one of them, Abu Ali, was a Kashmiri native, another was from Gujarat,” Kasab told special judge M.L. Tahaliyani. “They (the police) have valid evidence, I was shown their photographs,” he told the court, adding: “A SIM card originated in Kashmir was recovered from Abu Ali.”
Kasab also claimed that the third terrorist at Taj was Abu Ismail from Mumbai. “Woh yehan ka, Bombay ka tha (He was from here, from Mumbai).”
According to prosecution, Ismail was gunned down at Girgaum Chowpatty by the police in an encounter when he along with Kasab was trying to escape.
Kasab, however, did not elaborate on the identity of the fourth terrorist at the Taj.
Kasab has, for some time, been making conflicting statements in the court. While at one point Kasab confessed to his guilt and admitted having shot people at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus along with Abu Ismail before being captured at Girgaum Chowpatty, he later denied any involvement in the terror strikes.
He also claimed that he worked as a cook in Pakistan, but was lured to Mumbai by Bollywood prospects. He said he had come to India from Pakistan by Samjhauta Express several days before 26/11 and was picked up from Girgaum Chowpatty by police a day before the terror attacks.
Kasab’s statements is likely to be completed within two days before the special court.