Investigators preparing solid case against captured terrorist

December 26th, 2008 - 9:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Dec 26 (IANS) A month after the Mumbai terror strikes, investigators are piecing together the finer details of the sequence of events preceding the attack to prepare a solid case against Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist captured alive, police sources said.”We are now armed with sufficient evidence against him and are confident of building a strong case against him. We want to ensure that there are no loopholes of any kind and prepare the chargesheet with extensive details,” a senior official told IANS here Friday evening.

The investigators are examining each and every “finer aspect” pertaining to the entire planning of the terror operation in Pakistan, the involvement of the key players, especially the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) activists and the suspected support of the underworld mafia operatives, he said.

Apart from Kasab’s sustained interrogation under custody, teams of investigators have carried out several visits to some of the 13 sites that were targeted.

Friday afternoon, a team led by a high-ranking official carried out another survey in and around the Cama and Albless Hospital and near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).

In addition, the investigators are also talking to some of the injured victims and eyewitnesses who were present in and around the main targeted locations of Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel, Leopold Café and Nariman House in Colaba, Trident-Oberoi Hotel at Nariman Point and CST - all in south Mumbai.

The police and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) have also gathered sufficient details from various intelligence inputs regarding the training of the terrorists, the conspiracy, the detailed planning of the operation, the support this could have received from different quarters and the final implementation, the official said.

The Nov 26 terror attack by a group of 10 terrorists, including Kasab, lasted for 60 hours, claimed over 170 lives and injured nearly 300 others. Among the victims were some of the finest officers of the Mumbai Police and National Security Guard (NSG).

The police managed to capture alive Kasab near Chowpatty Beach, and he is under police custody till Jan 6.

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