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Kasab charged with waging war on India

Kasab charged with waging war on India

Author: Times of India
Publication: The Times of India
Date: May 6, 2004

Pakistani gunman Ajmal Amir Kasab and his two Indian co-accused- Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin-pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against them in the 26/11 terror attack case and will now stand trial. Judge M L Tahaliyani has framed 86 charges against the trio 7P3-6.TIMnging from waging war against India to murder, kidnapping and dacoity, destruction of property and use of arms and explosives.

According to court procedure, Tahaliyani first read out and explained the charges to Kasab and asked him whether he pleaded guilty or not. "Nahin, yeh sab kuchh galat hai. Hamein kabul nahin hai (No, this is all wrong. I don't agree with it),'' Kasab replied.

Kasab will now face trial for his direct role in the carnage at CST, shooting inside Cama Hospital and killing of senior police officials just outside it. He is also named directly responsible for hijacking a Skoda, killing of policemen at Marine Drive, planting a bomb in a taxi and murdering the navigator of `Kuber'-the trawler that the 10 terrorists had sailed in.

In addition to Kasab, Ansari and Sabauddin, 35 wanted Pakistanis have been charged as conspirators in the 26/11 attack on Mumbai that left 166 people dead and 234 injured. Kasab and his deceased partner Abu Ismail have been named for gunning down 72 people. The two were working as a team until Ismail was killed and Kasab was arrested on Marine Drive.

Ansari and Sabauddin are charged as abettors of the conspiracy. It has been alleged that they drew maps which were used by the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commanders to plan the attacks on Mumbai.

Now, the trial is likely to go on in full swing with the special court starting the examination of prosecution's witnesses.

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