Prosecution submits list of charges, Kasab faces murder of 166
Charging prime accused Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab and two others for the murder of 166 persons during last year's terror attacks that shook the world, the prosecution today submitted a list of 312 charges it proposes to frame against them in the case.india Updated: Apr 21, 2009 01:08 IST
Charging prime accused Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab and two others for the murder of 166 persons during last year's terror attacks that shook the world, the prosecution today submitted a list of 312 charges it proposes to frame against them in the case.
Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam submitted the list of proposed charges to the trial court here.
Kasab, a Pakistani national, and Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, both Indians, are facing charges under IPC, Arms Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Explosives Act, Explosives Substances Act, Passport (entry into India) Act, Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, Railways Act, Customs Act and Foreigners Act.
Under IPC, they face charges of conspiracy, waging war against India, murder, attempt to murder, causing grievous injuries, wrongful confinement and causing mischief by fire.
Kasab and nine others had allegedly gunned down people at important places in the city while Faheem and Sabauddin had drawn maps and given them to LeT conspirators in Pakistan following a conspiracy hatched between December 2007 and November 2008.
Kasab and other terrorists killed several citizens of the USA, England, Germany, Israel, Canada, Australia, Mauritius, Belgium, Malaysia, Japan, Italy, France, Thailand and Singapore during the attack, Nikam said.
After hearing Kasab's lawyer tomorrow, Judge M L Tahilyani would decide on framing charges against the accused.
Nikam said the map recovered from Ismail Khan, a member of the terror squad, showed the locations of Chowpatty, Malabar Hill and Raj Bhavan. Ismail and Kasab were going to Malabar Hill but police stopped them on the way and in the exchange of fire, Ismail
was killed while Kasab captured.
A handwriting expert has confirmed that Faheem made the map. It (map) was given by Faheem and Sabauddin to Pakistan-based LeT, Nikam said.
The proposed charges said Kasab, Faheem, Sabauddin and other conspirators struck terror in Mumbai with an intention to compel the government of India to cede Jammu and Kashmir.
Kasab and others are also facing the charges of killing five crewmembers of boat "Kuber" through which they reached the shores of Mumbai from Karachi. They also face charges of planting a bomb in a taxi that exploded in Vile Parle, firing at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Cama Hospital, killing three policemen near Rang Bhavan, stealing a Skoda car and killing a policeman at Chowpatty.
Kasab and other accused also face conspiracy charges for the firing at Hotel Taj, Oberoi, Nariman House, Restaurant Leopold Cafe and planting bomb that exploded at Mazgaon.
While Nikam was reading out proposed charges, the Judge asked Kasab why he was looking so dull and uncomfortable? Nikam remarked that Kasab was in such a condition only after he had forcefully opened the case against him.
Kasab, however, said he did not understand anything except for words.... Kasab and Pakistan...
Thirty-five wanted accused figure in the list of proposed charges submitted to the court. They include LeT founder Hafeez Mohammed Saeed and the terror outfit's operational chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
The prosecutor said the objective of the conspiracy hatched in Pakistan was not only to unleash terror in Mumbai by gunning down several people, but also to commit such acts in other metropolitan cities of India.
He said the striking features of the 26/11 conspiracy was to overawe the Government of India, strike terror among people, collect arms and men to wage war against India and organising training camps in Pakistan for more attacks.
Nikam further said conspirators had also planned to destablise the Government of India by engineering violence in different parts of the country, create instability by subversive activities, terrorise people and destroying their properties through bomb attacks, fire arms and lethal weapons.
Other objectives, he said, were to weaken India's economic might and kill foreign nationals to desist them from visiting or investing here, adversely affect harmony between Hindus and Muslims, attack territorial integrity and capture Kashmir by attacking major cities of the country.
The Judge would hear Kasab's lawyer Abbas Kazmi tomorrow on the charges proposed to be framed against the accused.
First Published: Apr 21, 2009 01:07 IST