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Plot hatched abroad to kill Kasab: Maharashtra home minister

Maharashtra Home Minister Jayant Patil says Intelligence indicates a plot was hatched 'from abroad' to kill 26/11 terror suspect Ajmal Amir Kasab. He told The Times paper in comments quoted on Wednesday that the alleged plot was the reason additional security measures, such as a bomb-proof corridor, were built in the special courtroom where Kasab is being tried.

world Updated: Apr 15, 2009 21:21 IST

Maharashtra Home Minister Jayant Patil says Intelligence indicates a plot was hatched 'from abroad' to kill 26/11 terror suspect Ajmal Amir Kasab.

He told The Times in comments quoted on Wednesday that the alleged plot was the reason additional security measures, such as a bomb-proof corridor, were built in the special courtroom where Kasab is being tried.

The paper also quoted Rakesh Maria, the police officer in charge of the 26/11 probe, as saying police had uncovered a plan, originating in Pakistan, to silence Kasab.

But Maria said Kasab, an alleged member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist group, knows a limited amount. "We have a limb, not the brain of the organisation behind the attack," he told The Times.

The paper said Kasab's trial was nevertheless set to attract global attention.

Christine Fair, a senior political scientist at the US thinktank RAND Corporation, said,"He is the first LeT operative (caught during) an unquestionable terrorist outrage who is absolutely Pakistani. That he was caught alive - a weird thing for an LeT operative - puts Pakistan in a very difficult place."