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‘Keep your phone switched on so we can hear the gunfire… keep throwing a grenade every 15 mins’

The transcript of the conversations between the terrorists who attacked Mumbai and their handlers in Pakistan,which forms a part of New Delhi’s dossier of evidence to Islamabad.The Pakistani handlers have been identified as callers (C) and the men who carried out the attacks at various locations of Mumbai as receivers (R)

Taj,27/11/08,0310 hrs

R: Greetings.

C: Greetings. There are three ministers and one secretary of the Cabinet in your hotel. We don’t know in which room.

R: Oh! That is good news! It is the icing on the cake.

C: Find those three-four persons and then get whatever you want from India.

R: Pray that we find them.


C: Do one thing. Throw one or two grenades at the Navy and police teams outside.

R: Sorry,I simply can’t make out where they are.

Nariman House,27/11,1945 hrs

C: Greetings. What did the Major General say?

R: Greetings. The Major General directed us to do what we like. We should not worry. The peration has to be concluded tomorrow morning. Pray to God. Keep two magazines and three grenades aside,and expend the rest of your ammunition.

Taj,27/11,0126 hrs

C: Are you setting a fire or not?

R: Not yet,I am getting a mattress ready for burning.

C: What did you do to the dead body?

R: Left it behind.

C: Did you not open the locks for the water below?(Probably a reference to the MV Kuber)

R: No,they did not open the locks. We left it like that because we were in a hurry. We made a big mistake.

C: What big mistake?

R: When we were getting into the boat,the waves were quite high. Another boat came. Everyone raised an alarm that the Navy had come. Everyone jumped quickly. In this confusion,Ismail’s satellite phone got left behind.

Nariman House,27/11,2226 hrs

C: Brother,you have to fight. This is a matter of the prestige of Islam. Fight so that your fight becomes a shining example. Be strong in the name of Allah. You may feel tired or sleepy,but the commandoes of Islam have left everything behind. Their mothers,their fathers,their homes. Brother,you have to fight for the victory of Islam. Be strong.

R: Amin.

Oberoi,27/11,0353 hrs

“Inflict the maximum damage. Don’t be taken alive.”

C: Brother Abdul. The media is comparing your action to 9/11. One senior police officer has been killed.

R: (Abdul Rehman): We are on the 10th or 11th floor. We have five hostages.

C2 (Kafa): Everything is being recorded by the media. Inflict the maximum damage. Keep fighting. Don’t be taken alive.

C: Kill all hostages,except the two Muslims. Keep your phone switched on,so that we can hear the gunfire.

R2 (Fahadullah): We have three foreigners including women. From Singapore and China.

C: Kill them.

(Voices of Fahadullah and A Rehman directing hostages to stand in line and telling two Muslims to stand aside. Sound of gunfire. Cheering voices in the background. Kafa hands phone to Zarar,another


Taj,27/11,0137 hrs

“The ATS chief has been killed Allah is helping you”

C: Let me talk to Umar.

R: Note a number. The number is 0043720880704.

C: Whose number is this?

R: It is mine. The phone is with me.

C: The ATS chief has been killed. Your work is very important. Allah is helping you. The vazir (minister) should not escape. Try to set the place on fire.

R: We have set fires in four rooms.

C: People shall run helter-skelter when they see the flames. Keep throwing a grenade every 15 minutes or so. It will terrorise them. Here talk to “Baba”.

C2: A lot of policemen and Navy personnel have covered the entire area. Be brave!

Taj,27/11,0108 hrs

C: How many hostages do you have?

R: We have one from Belgium. We have killed him. There was one chap from Bangalore.

He could be controlled only with a lot of effort.

C: I hope there is no Muslim amongst them?

R: No,none.

Nariman House,27/11,1945 hrs

“If the hostages are killed,it will spoil relations between India and Israel”

Wassi: Keep in mind that hostages are of use only as long as you do not come under fire because of their safety. If you are still threatened,don’t saddle yourself with the burden of the hostages,immediately kill them.

R: Yes,we shall act accordingly.


Wassi: The Army claims to have done the work without any hostage being harmed. Another thing: Israel has made a request through diplomatic channels to save the hostages. If the hostages are killed,it will spoil relations between India and Israel.

R: So be it,God willing.

Wassi: Stay alert.