Former Mumbai Commissioner claims that Lashkar-e- Taiba had planned for Ajmal Kasab to die as a Hindu and thus giving the 26/11 attacks a false Hindu terror narrative.
Ex Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, who led the investigation in the Mumbai serial blasts case of 26/11 made a shocking disclosure about the case in his book.
Maria discloses that if Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had succeeded in their plan, then the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks accused Mohammed Ajmal Kasab would have died as a Bengaluru resident Samir Dinesh Chaudhari with a ‘red thread tied around his wrist’. This was to give a false Hindu terror narrative to the world.
In his book, Maria writes that there would have been staggering headlines on newspapers claiming how Hindu terrorists had attacked Mumbai. Journalists would have made it for Bengaluru to interview his family and neighbours. But alas, it had not been that way and there he was, Ajmal Amir Kasab of Faridkot in Pakistan.
Kasab’s image, which was caught by the CCTV camera of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station, which went under attack by the 10 Lashkar militants then, also suggests Lashkar’s plan as the slain terrorist can be seen wearing a red thread (considered holy in Hindu religion).
Furthermore, making another stunning revelation, Maria says that Kasab had initially joined Lashkar for engaging robberies and had “nothing to do with jihad”.
“He and his friend Muzaffar Lal Khan wanted to commit robberies to improve their financial status and wanted to get hold of some weapons and training to achieve their nefarious objective,” Maria wrote in his book.
“Kasab seriously believed that Muslims were not allowed to offer namaaz in India, and mosques were locked up by the authorities. He felt that the azaan he heard five times a day in the crime branch lockup was just a figment of his imagination. When we came to know of this, I instructed Mahale (investigating officer Ramesh Mahale) to take him to the mosque near the metro cinema in a vehicle,” he adds.
Kasab, the only terrorist captured alive after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, was hanged till death at Yerawada jail in Pune on November 21, 2012, after the former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition.