Nov 28, 2008

Azam Amir Kasav - Captured Mumbai Terrorist

This is Azam Amir Kasav, a 21 year old from Faridkot in Pakistan. The only terrorist who has been captured alive.

Azam and his colleague attacked CST (victoria terminus) and then moving to Girgaum Chowpatty in a stolen Skoda. Here they were intercepted by team of police from Gamdevi station. Here his partner was killed and Azam was shot on his hand.

He pretended to be dead and was taken to Nair hospital when a cop figured out he was breathing. Tight lipped initially, Azam cracked in front of anti-terror squad. 

Ammunition, a satellite phone and a map of CST was found on him. According to him, chief planner of the plot had come to Mumbai a month before and had scoped the locations. The group was instructed to keep killing till the very last breath.

The group of ten left Karachi, Pakistan in one boat and upon reaching Gujarat they asked for help from a coast guard ship. Two Indian coast guard officers intercepted the team at Porbandar. The terrorists overpowered one of the officers and slit his throat. The other officer was coerced into helping the team. However, as they arrived within 3-4 miles of Mumbai, the remaining officer was killed and thrown overboard. 

Three speedboats were waiting for the terrorists. The team broke up into separate groups. Four left for Taj Mahal Hotel. Two went to Trident Hotel. Two went to Nariman House and two including Azam went to CST.

Azam is now at undisclosed location where he has confessed to killing Mr. Karkare and Mr. Salaskar.

The account of Ajmal also strengthens the doubt of the complicity of powerful elements in the Pakistani establishment. According to him, the group set off on November 21 from an isolated creek near Karachi without the deadly cargo of arms and ammunition they were to use against the innocents in Mumbai. The group received arms and ammunition on board a large Pakistani vessel which picked them up the following day. The vessel, whose ownership is now the subject of an international probe, had four Pakistanis apart from the crew