“Kasab’s DNA matches imprints on hijacked trawler’ (Lead)

February 5th, 2009 - 10:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Feb 5 (IANS) The DNA samples of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist captured during the Mumbai mayhem, match those found on a boat hijacked by the attackers to reach Indian shores, Maharashtra Home Minister Jayant Patil said Thursday.Tests carried out to match Kasab’s DNA samples with those found in hijacked fishing vessel MV Kuber have turned out positive, he added.

The latest findings will further boost India’s claims that the terrorists who attacked Mumbai and left over 170 people dead and 300 injured had used the Karachi-Pakistan link to come to Mumbai.

The findings will also boost the Mumbai police’s case against Kasab, a senior official said.

“We had taken samples drawn from personal items like blankets, clothes, lifejackets and other things on the hijacked Kuber. They have matched,” Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Rakesh Maria told IANS.

This, Maria said, will now form a part of the voluminous evidence against Kasab in the case. It proves that Kasab had sailed by that boat prior to carrying out the Mumbai terror attacks, he added.

Kasab and nine other terrorists had hijacked the sophisticated, high-tech fishing vessel in the international waters off the coast of Gujarat and killed some of the crew members.

Kasab reportedly told interrogators that his team moved from a Pakistani trawler Al Hussaini to Kuber. They sailed in the ship till around four nautical miles off south Mumbai where they got into a motorized rubber dingy after killing Amarsinh Solanki, the pilot of the vessel.

A team of experts from the Forensics Sciences Lab at Kalina and conducted detailed tests and DNA analyses after the terror attacks.

Kasab is currently in custody till Feb 13 in connection with 12 different cases filed by the Mumbai police.

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