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Futile to deny state role, Chidambaram tells Pakistan

Sandeep Joshi
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Terror suspect Fasih Mohammed. Photo: PTI
Terror suspect Fasih Mohammed. Photo: PTI

‘Otherwise, control room to coordinate attacks could not have been established in Karachi’

Upping the ante against Pakistan, India on Wednesday reiterated that without the involvement of “state actors,” the Karachi control room could not have been established to coordinate the Mumbai terror attacks, even as New Delhi started the process to get another alleged terrorist Fasih Mohammed extradited from Saudi Arabia.

“It is no longer possible to deny that though the incident happened in Mumbai, there was a control room in Pakistan before and during the incident. Without state support, the control room could not have been established,” Home Minister P. Chidambaram told journalists here.

After Ajmal Kasab, the lone gunman captured alive who clearly talked about the involvement of “state actors” in the attacks, Syed Zabiuddin Ansari, alias Abu Jundal, now corroborated the claim, Mr. Chidambaram said. “After Abu Jundal’s interrogation, it was clear that there were state actors. Dots are increasingly getting joined. Though there were many pseudonyms, it is clear that state actors were there. Pictures are getting clearer and clearer. We have been able to know who were there and where they were.”

Mr. Chidambaram said India knew who trained Ajmal Kasab and nine others who carried out the strikes in Mumbai in 2008 and who briefed them from the Karachi control room. Criticising Pakistan for denying that there were no “state actors” involved in the attacks, he said no sovereign state could allow terror activities to emanate from its soil. “I can’t allow any non-state actor to carry out any terror activity in a neighbouring country.”

Referring to Fasih Mohammed’s arrest in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Chidambaram said: “He is in Saudi Arabia…he was detained there. Steps will be taken to extradite him to India. A Red Corner Notice has already been issued [by Interpol]...he was wanted in several cases.” The 28-year-old engineer is wanted for his alleged involvement in Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium blast and Delhi’s Jama Masjid shooting incident.

NIA seeks Ansari’s custody

Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) moved a Delhi court for Zabiuddin Ansari’s custody to interrogate him about the larger conspiracy hatched by the Lashkar-e-Taiba for terror strikes across the country.

The Delhi Police Special Cell told the court that it had allowed the NIA to interrogate him jointly with it. The court deferred the NIA’s plea to Thursday, when police custody expires.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav told NIA counsel Ahmed Khan that he could not pass orders unless the Special Cell revealed whether it intended seeking further custody of Ansari.

However, counsel clarified that the interrogation of Ansari, done in the custody of the Delhi Police, related to the NIA case of a larger conspiracy to wage war against India, including the 26/11 attacks; but the agency needed his custody for investigation in respect of an FIR it registered on June 8 against Ansari and another person for allegedly amassing explosives. The FIR was filed on the direction of the Home Ministry, and the terrorists targeted not only Mumbai and Delhi but the whole of India.

(With inputs from Jiby Kattakayam)

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As an Indian I find two things remarkable in the wake of Mumbai attacks in the response of the government
and the populace.First the religious tone seems to have been handled very well.At least no outside agency can
blame us of interrelating terrorism and religion.Second the attacks never got communalised within the
nation,perhaps a sign of some degree of secularised mindsets.Hope it continues like this,the idea of India may
keep winning for good.

from:  Abhishek Kumar Baranwal
Posted on: Jul 5, 2012 at 20:05 IST

Don't understand why should Fasih Mohammed be extradited to India. Is it to keep
him safely for years and give him VVIP treatment. Corrupted Indian politicians
already spending millions of tax payers money for other terrorists and this seems to
be another addition. Instead of excuting them, these terrorists are protected.

from:  Maniam
Posted on: Jul 4, 2012 at 20:02 IST

On one hand, I am happy that India is going to get more terror inforamtion from these men. But what are we doing to them? Letting them enjoy our jails, with special arrangements, for years together and what? Let such people be prosecuted directly by the Apex court bench and hang them within 1-2years after arrest. Get all the required information from them in this time frame, by any means. Even if it means 3rd or 30th degree every day. Nothing can match the people they have killed. Yes, the law should provide exemption from human rights for terrorists across the globe. This will, automatically, skim down the number of terrorist outfits across the globe.

from:  Vinod
Posted on: Jul 4, 2012 at 19:41 IST

Baba...we don'want another state guest like Kasab...let him rot in Pakistan

from:  Vinod
Posted on: Jul 4, 2012 at 17:53 IST
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