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Kasab squeals, nails LeT role in attack

Arrested terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab has told investigators that Lashkar-e-Tayyeba commander Mohd Muzzamil controlled the entire operation to attack Mumbai, reports Presely Thomas.

india Updated: Dec 03, 2008 01:35 IST
Presely Thomas
Presely Thomas
Hindustan Times

Ajmal Amir Kasab (21), the terrorist arrested by the Mumbai Police, has started singing. He has told investigators that dreaded Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) commander Mohammed Muzzamil, who is known by aliases such as Yusuf and Abu Gurera, controlled the entire operation, codenamed “Operation VTS”, to attack Mumbai.

Kasab, who was made to listen to intercepted telephone conversations, has identified the voice of Muzzamil. Police sources said the terrorists, who had entered the city with five prepaid SIM cards, were in constant touch with Muzzamil, who kept barking out orders through the operation.

Two of the five SIM cards have been traced to Delhi, while the remaining three were brought from Kolkata. “They were procured on the basis of bogus documents and were smuggled to Pakistan,” said an investigator.

<b1>According to police sources, Muzzamil had called the terrorists holed up at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Oberoi Trident and Nariman House using a voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) telephone. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has helped investigators track the VOIP telephone to a computer in Lahore.

Kasab has told interrogators about the various Lashkar camps that he has attended since 2007. He has also told investigators about Lashkar's base camp where Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammed Sayyed and others deliver fiery speeches to motivate the cadre. Ajmal also disclosed to investigators the inflammatory films that were shown to brainwash Lashkar recruits.

According to police sources, Kasab revealed that LeT conducts regular training camps at Danna, Abdul-Bin-Masud, Mangla Dam and Um-Al-Qura camps in Muzaffarabad and Badli in Kotli. He has also disclosed that LeT has opened two new camps for handpicked cadre to train for suicide missions at Akas in Muzafarabad and another camp in an area known as “Point”.

He also told investigators that LeT commander Zakir-ur-Rehman Lakhvi had promised his poor family in Faridkot a large sum of money in return for his participation in the attack on Mumbai.

Based on Kasab’s revelations, the Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police is preparing a dossier on the banned terror outfit, which will be handed over to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the National Security Advisor and the FBI.

The dossier will also be handed over to the Pakistan government, which has been seeking evidence against LeT from the Indian government. Deven Bharti, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime), confirmed that a dossier on the entire operation was being prepared.

Meanwhile, investigators are examining the Garmin GPS and walkie-talkie set used by the terrorists to track the exact route the terrorists took to enter Mumbai from Karachi.

First Published: Dec 02, 2008 23:57 IST