Rahi Gaikwad

It runs into 11,280 pages and has 2,202 witness statements

Mumbai: Thirty-five Pakistani nationals from the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba are listed as wanted accused in the charge sheet filed by the Mumbai police on Wednesday in the November 26, 2008 attacks case. These include the trainers, people aboard Al-Husseini (the ship which sailed from Karachi carrying the terrorists), those involved in purchasing boats, and those who were present at training and lodging sites; in short those who have taken part in the conspiracy.

At a press conference here, Joint Commissioner (Crime) Rakesh Maria named top Lashkar leaders Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, Abu Hamza, Abu Kaahfa, Zarar Shah and Hafiz Muhammad Saeed among the 35 listed.

The wanted list also has names of two Pakistan army personnel, including a Major-General. However, it had to be ascertained whether these two belonged to the army or to the Lashkar hierarchy, Mr. Maria said.

The name Kharak Singh, which cropped up in the case, is a pseudonym. “He is originally from Pakistan and not from India as he had claimed,” Mr. Maria said.

The charge sheet, which runs into 11,280 pages, contains 2,202 witness statements, including those of officers of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. It incorporates forensic evidence, fingerprint reports, and documentary and oral evidence collected in India and abroad. Transcripts of communication among the terrorists and their handlers, CallPhonex and Global Positioning System (GPS) records, and purchase and sale details of the Yamaha outboard motor also constitute the evidence.

Mr. Maria said the terror attacks were the handiwork of the LeT. The role of its marine wing was established after the trawler Kuber was taken over. The charge sheet did not mention any role of Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter Services Intelligence.

The three main accused are the lone surviving terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir, and Indians Fahim Ansari and Mohammad Sabahuddin.

The three, along with the wanted accused and dead terrorists, take the total count of accused indentified in the case to 47.

Mr. Maria said the charge sheet “hopefully” answered the 30 questions about the investigation raised by Pakistani.

After the charge sheet was filed, Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam showed a copy to journalists outside the court.

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