Kasab showed no remorse, says prosecutor Nikam
With just a couple of days left for the 26/11 court to pronounce its judgement in the Mumbai terror attack case, prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam today said the case was a big challenge, but is confident that he will secure conviction of its perpetrator Ajmal Kasab and two Indian conspirators.
Nikam, who has an enviable track record of securing death penalty for 37 accused and life term to 627 in his career spanning over three decades, is confident that Kasab, the lone 26/11 gunman captured, will be punished despite his repeated attempts to "misguide" the court.
"Kasab ka hisaab zaroor hoga (Kasab will be made accountable)," he said.
Nikam said the Pakistani gunman never showed any signs of remorse during the nearly year-long trial and conducted himself very casually in the court.
"Though he appeared restless when eye-witnesses recounted the 26/11 attacks and identified him in the court, there was not even once any sign of remorse," he said.
Kasab is a trained commando and follows Al-Qaeda manual which teaches a terrorist to misguide authorities when arrested, he said.
"But we have marshalled enough evidence against Kasab and two other accused -- Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed -- and are confident that we will succeed in nailing them," he said.
Acknowledging that the 26/11 trial was a "great challenge", Nikam said his job was not only to establish Kasab's guilt but also to "expose the veil of LeT which used the security apparatus of Pakistan to unleash terror in Mumbai."
While Kasab has been charged for murdering 166 people and causing injuries to over 300, Ansari and Ahmed are accused of preparing the maps of terror targets and passing them on to Pakistan-based terror outfit LeT.