Mumbai: Mumbai Police is expected to file a charge-sheet on the 26/11 terror strike by 24 January and may name two key Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) handlers in Pakistan.
The lone surviving terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, whose Pakistani identity has been acknowledged by Islamabad, will face charges ranging from murder, attempt to murder and theft to waging war against the country, officials said. The Maharashtra government has already decided to set up a special court to conduct the trial.
The charge-sheet will cover mainly Kasab’s conversation with his handlers in Pakistan, his interrogation report besides reports from eyewitnesses who saw him spraying bullets on the night of 26 November.
Attack site: A 27 November picture of Taj hotel in Mumbai. Arko Datta / Mint
On Wednesday, Pakistan information minister Sherry Rehman said, “We are confirming Kasab is from Pakistan but investigations are ongoing.”
The charge-sheet is also likely to name Yosuf Muzzamil and Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, the main Lashkar operatives, who had allegedly handled the terrorists during the siege.
Their names, if they figure, will be against column two of the charge-sheet (those who could not be brought for trial) which will enable the police to seek a non-bailable warrant against them and subsequently an Interpol Red Corner Notice. India has been exerting diplomatic pressure on Pakistan to hand over the suspects including Muzzamil and Lakhvi to New Delhi for questioning in the case.
“The charge-sheet will be filed by 24 January within the 60-day stipulated period,” special public prosecutor Ujwal Nikam said without revealing details. Nikam, who has been helping the Mumbai’s Crime Branch in tying up the loose ends of the charge-sheet, said the trial would take place at high-security area.