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26/11 handlers motivated Nariman House terrorists

Source: PTI
November 04, 2009 20:06 IST
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Pakistan-based conspirators of 26/11 terror attacks, who were in constant touch with the terrorists in Mumbai on telephone, had tried to boost the morale of one of the attackers who seemed to have developed fatigue and stress while fighting armed forces for two days at Nariman House.

This was revealed in the court on Wednesday through CDs, which contained recorded telephone talks between the attackers and their Pakistan-based handlers intercepted during the siege.

In a conversation, terrorist Babar Imran tells his Pakistani handler that another terrorist Abu Umer had developed stress and fatigue and had some anxious moments. Therefore, he (Imran) had confined him to a room.

The handler then told Imran to give the cell phone to Umer so that he can motivate him to fight the armed forces.

He then asked Umer whether he had performed Namaz and also if he had fired at targets. He also reminded Umer that he had to fight like a lion. "If you see movements (of armed forces) then you fire". Umer assured him that he would follow the instructions.

The handler also asked Imran whether they had killed hostages, to which Imran said he was waiting for their call. The handler then told Imran that he was free to kill hostages and Imran fires from his gun (the shots were heard on telephone).

The handler inquired whether he had killed one hostage or two, to which Imran said he killed one and Umer shot dead the other hostage.

One of the terrorists Imran Babbar, speaking to a journalist, claimed that he was from Hyderabad (Deccan) and not from Pakistan.

Babbar also told the journalist that he felt frustrated at the saffron party government's attempts to suppress the minority community.

He also referred to Sadhavi (Pragya Singh Thakur) alleging the government had connived with her to create blasts in Malegaon last year.

Babbar also hit out at the Central Government for aligning with Israel to commit atrocities against the minority community.

One of the Pakistan handlers, in another talk with the same terrorist, had advised him to tell the media that he was from Hyderabad Deccan and not Pakistan. Lone surviving Pakistan gunman Ajmal Kasab anĀ  two Indians, Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, are facing the trial in a special court on the charge of killing 166 persons in the terror attacks.

Kasab had come to India from Pakistan along with nine associates through sea route and struck terror in Mumbai by opening fire at people indiscriminately and planting bombs in two taxis.

Faheem is facing the charge of drawing maps of target locations and handing them over to Lashkar-e-Tayaba through co-accused Sabauddin.

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