January 22, 2010 3:47:00 am
The Mumbai police Crime Branch had taken the help of the FBI to establish that the conspiracy for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks was planned on Pakistan soil. Lone arrested terrorist Ajmal Kasab on Thursday dismissed all evidence in his accused statement and said they have been fabricated by the police.
Special sessions judge M L Tahaliyani questioned Kasab on the calls allegedly having been made by the attackers from Nariman House and Hotel Oberoi to a media house and their Pakistan-based handlers. The court said the conversations had been recorded by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). Kasab disagreed and said it was incorrect.
To another question about the FBI having submitted evidence after retrieving data from the global positioning system (GPS) seized from the gunman about their travel route from Karachi to Mumbai and around Colaba area,Kasab replied,Galat hai,woh unhonein wahan se fit kiya hai,police ke kehne par, (Its wrong,they (FBI) had fitted that at the behest of the police).
The gunman also denied the charge about the alleged Yamaha engine,which was used in the dingy that transported the gunman from high seas to Budhwar Park. The prosecution case is that the engine was exported from Japan to Pakistan.
Kasab also claimed total ignorance about Kharak Singh,the person who allegedly opened the voice-over-Internet-protocol (VOIP) account with Callphonex by making e-transfers from Pakistan.
The gunman kept repeating the name and said he had no knowledge about computers and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses allegedly used by handlers to communicate with the attackers.
The court will continue to record his statements on Friday.
As on Wednesday,Kasab showed off his newly acquired knowledge of Marathi. To certain questions,he said khota (false). The court asked him if questions should be put to him in Marathi. He replied,Vichara (ask).
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