26/11 Accused Ajmal Kasab Pleads Guilty In Court
In a dramatic twist in the ongoing 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks trial, Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir alias Kasab on Monday confessed his role in carrying out the Mumbai terror attacks which left 180 persons dead and over 300 injured.
"This is a victory of truth and the confession came all of a sudden in the special court," said special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. Nikam also said that Kasab made the confession after discussing the issue with his government appointed lawyer S.G. Abbas Kazmi.
Kasab also admitted that he is a Pakistani national and recounted in detail how he and his associates undertook the sea voyage from Karachi to Mumbai to strike at 13 locations here.
His confession, which was made before Special Judge M.L. Tahilyani, also included details of his role in the attacks on Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).
He also revealed before the stunned courtroom names of his Pakistani cheifs, including Abu Hamza, Abu Jindal, Abu Kafa and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, who saw them off when they boarded a ship at Karachi.
Hamza advised them how to go about the terror attacks, how he placed one bomb in a taxi (which later exploded at Mazagaon, a south Mumbai area) and how the 10-member team of which he was sole survivor went about their mission.
Naming Lakhvi as "the mastermind" behind the Mumbai terror mayhem, Kasab described in detail how he and his associate Abu Ismail (who was shot by the police) went to a CST public toilet and assembled one of the bombs by installing a timer in it for use later.
He said that the entire journey from Karachi to Mumbai was completed in four different boats at various locations in the Arabian Sea.
Finally, they landed on the evening of Nov 26 last year and carried out one of the biggest and boldest terror attacks in the country.