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GPS gadget nailed Kasab's lie: Nikam

mumbai Updated: Mar 19, 2010 20:23 IST
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A GPS gadget recovered by police from the Kuber boat exposed the claim of lone surviving 26/11 gunman Ajmal Kasab that he was not a terrorist and had come in Mumbai from Pakistan on a tourist visa, the prosecution told a special court today.

The global positioning system gadget contained data which showed a route from Karachi to Mumbai, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told the trial court while concluding his argument on Kasab's role in the attacks.

The instrument was recovered from Kuber (by which terrorists arrived in Mumbai) at the instance of Kasab and was sent to the US for an expert analysis, Nikam said.

A FBI officer had deposed in the court earlier saying that he had deciphered the data which showed the route from Karachi to Mumbai. This, he said, proved that attackers had come from Pakistan.

"The GPS has exposed Kasab who has made a mockery of the court by frequently taking different stands to suit him. He lied to the court that he came here as a tourist," Nikam argued.

Noting the conspirators were in touch with the attackers on phone Nikam said an account had been opened with New Jersey-based Callphonex, a Voice Over Internet Provider, and calls were made through the Internet using that account to avoid detection from where they were being made.

But the GPS instrument had shown that the attackers came from Pakistan and a logical inference can be drawn that the handlers, who were speaking to the terrorists on phone, were based in that country, he said.

Another GPS instrument was recovered from Hotel Taj which was also attacked by the terrorists. It showed the route from Karachi to Mumbai and mentioned Taj hotel and Leopold Cafe, the terror sites, Nikam argued.

This corroborated the confession by Kasab before a magistrate that they had been instructed by the conspirators to first open a burst of fire at Leopold Cafe and then proceed to Hotel Taj to strike terror, he said.

The prosecutor said enough evidence existed for Kasab to be held guilty under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Arms Act, Explosives Act, Explosives Substances Act, Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, Customs Act, Passport Act and Foreigners Act.

Nikam on March 22 would submit arguments on the role of other two accused Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, who have been charged with making maps of targets and giving them to LeT which executed the attacks.