‘Kasab destroyed GPS device to hide Pak identity’
Convicted Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab had destroyed a sophisticated Global Positioning System (GPS) device and dumped it in the sea to conceal the fact that he and his nine accomplices had come from Pakistan.mumbai Updated: Nov 17, 2010 01:20 IST
Convicted Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab had destroyed a sophisticated Global Positioning System (GPS) device and dumped it in the sea to conceal the fact that he and his nine accomplices had come from Pakistan.
That’s what the prosecution told the Bombay High Court, which is hearing a reference for confirmation of the death sentence awarded to Kasab in May for his role in the 26/11 attacks, on Tuesday.
Kasab had revealed this before trial court in his guilt plea, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said, while advancing arguments in support of the death sentence awarded to the Pakistani terrorist.
Nikam said the police had recovered five GPS instruments —one each from Oberoi hotel, Nariman House, which is a Jewish centre, fishing trawler MV Kuber, which was used by the 10 attackers to reach Mumbai, and two from The Taj Mahal Palace hotel.
The 10 terrorists were carrying GPS instruments displaying the exact route they had taken from Karachi to Mumbai shore and also to reach their specified targets from Badhwar Park in south Mumbai where they landed.
Nikam claimed the attackers were instructed by their Pakistani handlers to destroy the main GPS instrument before they embarked on their mission to launch terror attacks on November 26, 2008.
Accordingly, Kasab destroyed the main GPS in MV Kuber and threw it in the high seas, Nikam said.
Nikam also submitted that the attackers were in constant touch with their Pakistani handlers on mobile phones and had made several calls from the terror spots.
A total of 41 calls (8,834 seconds) were made from The Taj Mahal Palace hotel, 62 calls (15,705 seconds) were made from Oberoi-Trident and 181 calls (35,172 seconds) were made from Nariman House.