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Suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist held in Delhi

News4u - News Desk :A suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist, an alleged aide of the outfit’s elusive chief operative Yasin Bhatkal, was arrested from north-east Delhi with one kg explosives and a detonator, police said.

Assadullah Rehman alias Dilkash (20) was apprehended from Chandu Nagar in Karawal Nagar locality on Tuesday on a tip off, a senior police official said.

Dilkash, who hails from Darbhanga in Bihar, had allegedly escaped in November last year from the arms factory run by Indian Mujahideen in west Delhi’s Nangloi before the police crackdown during which a number of suspected terrorists were nabbed by police.

The official said Dilkash had told police that he had recently taken on rent a premises at Chandu Nagar from where investigators allegedly recovered one kg of explosive powder, a detonator, a timer and a mobile phone.

“He came in contact with Mohd Kafeel Ahmad, the motivator and ideologue of Indian Mujahideen, who was arrested earlier. He was motivated by Ahmad to join Indian Mujahideen. In February 2011, Ahmad introduced him to Bhatkal who further motivated him,” the official said.

In April last year, the official said, on instructions from Bhatkal, he reached Delhi and was taken to the factory at Meer Vihar in Nangloi which was later busted by police. There he learnt to work on the lathe machine and assisted Mohd Irshad and Bhatkal in allegedly manufacturing pistols and other arms and ammunition.

“He became a trusted aide of Bhatkal,” the official claimed.

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Court takes cognizance of NIA charge sheet

News4u-News Desk- A Delhi court on Saturday took cognizance of the NIA charge sheet against Pakistani-American David Headley Coleman and eight others for allegedly carrying out several terror attacks in India.
The court has issued process to procure the presence of four accused, including Headley and his Pakistani-Canadian accomplice Tahawwur Rana for March 13.

Besides the four, the court has issued non bailable warrants returnable for March 13, against the other five accused named in the charge sheet.

The special NIA Judge H S Sharma had reserved its order on February 4 after hearing arguments of NIA on the charge sheet.

The NIA had accused 51-year-old Headley, Rana, Lashker-e- Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and six others for planning and executing terror strikes in India, including the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

Earlier, the NIA had told the court that Headley’s wife had congratulated him for the success of the November 26 terror attack in Mumbai.

The agency said his wife had e-mailed Headley saying “he has graduated and she was proud of him” and that she had watched the show (attack) for the whole day.

The NIA prosecutor had said Headley did dry runs of several places in India before the 26/11 Mumbai attack and he had also gone to Pakistan several times where he also met Pakistan Army official Major Iqbal, co-accused in the case.

The NIA had on December 24 last year filed the voluminous charge sheet against Headley, Rana, Saeed and others.

Headley and Rana are at present in the custody of the US authorities and the NIA has only got a limited access to Headley who had entered into plea bargain with US authorities to escape harsh sentence.

Besides Major Iqbal, the NIA has also named another serving Pakistani Army officer, Major Sameer Ali, believed to be working for ISI along with Iqbal, in the chargesheet.

Al-Qaeda operative Illyas Kashmiri, Headley’s handler Sajid Malik and former Pakistani Army officer Abdul Rehman Hashmi were also named in the chargesheet for waging war against India and under other relevant sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The NIA had initially registered a case against Headley and Rana but after a thorough probe, seven other names were included in the case.

The agency said Headley’s role in several terror strikes in the country was detailed in the chargesheet.

The chargesheet, which was filed after two years of probe by the central agencies, contained statements of 134 witnesses along with 210 documents and 106 e-mails.

The court also heard NIA’s arguments on an application under section 166A of the CrPC, seeking permission for a letter of request to the competent authority for investigation in Morocco.

The charge sheet mentions the fake plea made by Rana to Indian authorities about Headley being a representative of his Immigration Law Centre.

 

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Ajmal Kasab throws tantrums, spits on camera

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A day after giggling, Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist involved in the 26/11 attacks, today threw a fit making angry gestures at policemen and spat on webcam during hearing in the Bombay High Court on confirmation of his death sentence.

Kasab, facing capital punishment for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, suddenly got angry with policemen at the Arthur Road jail and was seen on the video screen put up in the court arguing with them.

23-year-old Kasab could not, however, be heard at that stage as the audio system was not working. Towards the end of the first session, Kasab spat on the camera and said in an aggressive tone “Main aana chahata hoon (I want to come to the court).

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Pakistani terrorist, Ajmal Amir Kasab

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Hardcore terrorist nabbed in Amritsar

News4u-News Desk-Amritsar, A hardcore terrorist, who allegedly masterminded a bomb attack on the convoy of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief in Karnal two years ago, has been nabbed by the Punjab police.

Bakshish Singh Baba was nabbed from Amritsar recently by the Special Operation Cell and was being interrogated, top police sources said today.

The police was trying to apprehend his other accomplices hiding in Punjab and neighbouring states, they added.

According to the sources, the Khalisthan Liberation Force terrorist was wanted for “masterminding” the bomb attack on Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Raheem Singh in Karnal in February 2008 in which nine persons were injured.

Baba, carrying a reward of Rs five lakh on his head, was allegedly involved in more than 25 cases of terror related activities and destruction of public property in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

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Pak terrorist Kasab gets death penalty in Mumbai terror attacks case

News4u-News Desk-Pakistani gunman Ajmal Amir Kasab was on Thursday sentenced to death for the Mumbai terror attacks by a special court, which said that keeping such a terrorist alive will be a “lingering danger” to the society and the Indian government.

The special anti-terror court of M L Tahaliyani pronounced capital punishment for the 22-year-old terrorist on five counts of murder, conspiracy to murder, waging war against the country, abetting murder and committing terrorist activities under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

166 people were killed in the carnage. Kasab was also awarded life imprisonment on five other counts including attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and under the Explosive Substances Act.

“In the court’s opinion, Kasab has no chance to reform. Keeping such a terrorist alive will be a lingering danger to the society and the Indian government,” Tahaliyani said while pronouncing his verdict, three days after he convicted him for the massacre.

The judge cited the example of the Kandahar hijack case in which arrested terrorists were swapped for the passengers held hostage.

“If Kasab is kept alive, this situation may occur again,” he said. The judge said Kasab had joined terror outfit LeT voluntarily and offered himself to be a “mujahideen”(holy warrior).

Kasab, who hails from Fardikot in Pakistan, broke down after hearing the sentence.

As the judge was reading out the sentence, Kasab was seen sobbing. He asked for a glass of water during the pronouncement.

After the sentence was read out, Tahaliyani explained to him in Hindi that he had been given death penalty on five counts and whether he wanted to say anything.

But the Pakistani gunman simply shook his head after which he was taken away by the police back to the Arthur Road jail.

The verdict came 17 months after Kasab and nine other Pakistani terrorists trained, armed and funded by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba let loose death and destruction on Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

Stating that Kasab was mentally prepared to attack India, the judge rejected defence lawyer K P Pawar’s argument that he had acted on the directions of LeT founder Hafiz Sayeed.

Branding the terrorist as a “killing machine manufactured inPakistan”, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had on Tuesday sought nothing less than death for Kasab, saying the case fell within “the rarest of rare” category.

The plea of Pawar, who while admitting that his client was “blinded by religion” sought leniency for the terrorist given his young age, failed to convince the judge.

Describing Kasab as “killing machine” and a “heartless monster”, Nikam had argued, “such machines are manufactured in Pakistan and if he is not sent to the gallows he would turn into a blood thirsty wild animal.

“Kasab is a heartless monster who is a curse to the society…He not only enjoyed killing innocent people but also expressed anger while confessing before a Magistrate that he could not execute more,” he had said in his arguments on the quantum of sentence for the convicted terrorist.

Pawar, however, pleaded that given his young age and no previous criminal record, Kasab be given a chance to be reformed and rehabilitated.

“The militancy in Kashmir and Godhra riots had an impact on the mind of young Kasab who was emotionally disturbed and blinded by religion”, Pawar had said.

As per the law, the death penalty will have to be confirmed by the Bombay High Court. Kasab also has the right to move the High Court against the trial court verdict. Even if the High Court upholds the judgement, he can go in appeal to the Supreme Court. If the apex court too upholds the sentence, he has the option of filing a mercy petition before the President of India.

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‘Terrorist infrastructure continues to exist in Pak’

News4u-News Desk-New Delhi, India on Wednesday said terrorist infrastructure “continues” to exist in Pakistan.

“Available information indicates that the terrorist infrastructure continues to exist in Pakistan which are being run by Pakistan or Pakistan-occupied Kashmir based organisations,” Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Maken told Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) in a written reply.

When asked about US terrorist David Coleman Headley, he said “Headley had attended training camps operated by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) on five separate occasions during 2002 and 2003-04.”

As per available information, Headley has visited India nine times between 2006 to 2009. “In all these visits, he used his name as David Coleman Headley. However…

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Pak terrorist Kasab gets death penalty in Mumbai terror attacks case

News4u-News Desk-Pakistani gunman Ajmal Amir Kasab was on Thursday sentenced to death for the Mumbai terror attacks by a special court, which said that keeping such a terrorist alive will be a “lingering danger” to the society and the Indian government.

The special anti-terror court of M L Tahaliyani pronounced capital punishment for the 22-year-old terrorist on five counts of murder, conspiracy to murder, waging war against the country, abetting murder and committing terrorist activities under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

166 people were killed in the carnage. Kasab was also awarded life imprisonment on five other counts including attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and under the Explosive Substances Act.

“In the court’s opinion, Kasab has no chance to reform. Keeping such a terrorist alive will be a lingering danger to the society and the Indian government,” Tahaliyani said while pronouncing his verdict, three days after he convicted him for the massacre.

The judge cited the example of the Kandahar hijack case in which arrested terrorists were swapped for the passengers held hostage.

“If Kasab is kept alive, this situation may occur again,” he said. The judge said Kasab had joined terror outfit LeT voluntarily and offered himself to be a “mujahideen”(holy warrior).

Kasab, who hails from Fardikot in Pakistan, broke down after hearing the sentence.

As the judge was reading out the sentence, Kasab was seen sobbing. He asked for a glass of water during the pronouncement.

After the sentence was read out, Tahaliyani explained to him in Hindi that he had been given death penalty on five counts and whether he wanted to say anything.

But the Pakistani gunman simply shook his head after which he was taken away by the police back to the Arthur Road jail.

The verdict came 17 months after Kasab and nine other Pakistani terrorists trained, armed and funded by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba let loose death and destruction on Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

Stating that Kasab was mentally prepared to attack India, the judge rejected defence lawyer K P Pawar’s argument that he had acted on the directions of LeT founder Hafiz Sayeed.

Branding the terrorist as a “killing machine manufactured inPakistan”, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had on Tuesday sought nothing less than death for Kasab, saying the case fell within “the rarest of rare” category.

The plea of Pawar, who while admitting that his client was “blinded by religion” sought leniency for the terrorist given his young age, failed to convince the judge.

Describing Kasab as “killing machine” and a “heartless monster”, Nikam had argued, “such machines are manufactured in Pakistan and if he is not sent to the gallows he would turn into a blood thirsty wild animal.

“Kasab is a heartless monster who is a curse to the society…He not only enjoyed killing innocent people but also expressed anger while confessing before a Magistrate that he could not execute more,” he had said in his arguments on the quantum of sentence for the convicted terrorist.

Pawar, however, pleaded that given his young age and no previous criminal record, Kasab be given a chance to be reformed and rehabilitated.

“The militancy in Kashmir and Godhra riots had an impact on the mind of young Kasab who was emotionally disturbed and blinded by religion”, Pawar had said.

As per the law, the death penalty will have to be confirmed by the Bombay High Court. Kasab also has the right to move the High Court against the trial court verdict. Even if the High Court upholds the judgement, he can go in appeal to the Supreme Court. If the apex court too upholds the sentence, he has the option of filing a mercy petition before the President of India.

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26/11: Kasab guilty;alleged Indians acquitted

News4u-News Desk-Pakistani terrorist, Ajmal Amir Kasab, charged with the deaths of 166 Indians and foreigners, has been found guilty of all charges by Judge M L Tahaliyani. The special court, however, found his two Indian co-accused — Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Shaikh, have been acquitted.

Kasab has been convicted on all 86 charges against him. Kasab was found of all guilty and waging war against the nation, the court said while delivering the judgment. The conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan, judge M L Tahaliyani said.

The two Indians were set free by the court because the evidence against them was weak.

This verdict is the biggest terror trial the city has witnessed in recent times.

There was extremely tight security around the court premises as the verdict was being delivered. Some reporters were allowed inside court, however, use of mobile phones or any other devices was strictly prohibited.

The prosecution had gathered a heap of evidence against Kasab and presented strong arguments that are capable of sending him to the gallows. Special prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam charged Kasab with not just the criminal acts of killing and injuring scores of innocent people, but has termed him guilty of the entire conspiracy that went into planning and executing the dastardly attack.

Nikam argued that Kasab is a highly trained and motivated member of the Pakistani terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) who underwent months of training in weapons and intelligence so he could execute the well-planned attack on Mumbai. Nikam has also relied on scores of witness testimonies in a bid to establish Kasab’s role in the killing of innocents at CST and Cama Hospital, the gunning down of senior policemen in Badruddin Tyabji Lane and the final gunbattle at Marine Drive.

The prosecution’s main argument had been that Kasab is a cold-blooded killer whose guilt has been established both through human accounts of the night of November 26, 2008, as well as forensic evidence in the form of DNA reports.

The case against Ansari and Shaikh revolved around Kasab’s confession to magistrate R V Sawant Waghule in February 2009. Kasab had said that the duo supplied maps of Mumbai to LeT bosses. Thus, they gave logistical support to carry out the attack.

In his defence, Kasab had maintained that he was an innocent Pakistani who was picked up several days prior to the attack. He has insisted that the terrorist caught on CCTV is not him but a lookalike. He also rubbished all witness testimonies as tutored and given at the behest of police officials.

Both Ansari and Shaikh had denied all wrongdoing. Their main argument is why would the LeT rely upon crude maps allegedly supplied by them when far more sophisticated versions were easily available on the internet. After the arrest of American David Coleman Headley, they also argued that recce work for the attack was done by him and they had been framed needlessly in the case.

In September 2006, after 13 years of arguments, the Tada court had begun giving its verdicts in the 1993 serial blasts case. It was the last major trial in recent times. Courtsey TOI

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26/11: Kasab guilty; 2 Indians acquitted

News4u-News Desk-Pakistani terrorist, Ajmal Amir Kasab, charged with the deaths of 166 Indians and foreigners, has been found guilty of all charges by Judge M L Tahaliyani. The special court, however, found his two Indian co-accused — Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Shaikh, have been acquitted.

Kasab has been convicted on all 86 charges against him. Kasab was found of all guilty and waging war against the nation, the court said while delivering the judgment. The conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan, judge M L Tahaliyani said.

The two Indians were set free by the court because the evidence against them was weak.

This verdict is the biggest terror trial the city has witnessed in recent times.

There was extremely tight security around the court premises as the verdict was being delivered. Some reporters were allowed inside court, however, use of mobile phones or any other devices was strictly prohibited.

The prosecution had gathered a heap of evidence against Kasab and presented strong arguments that are capable of sending him to the gallows. Special prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam charged Kasab with not just the criminal acts of killing and injuring scores of innocent people, but has termed him guilty of the entire conspiracy that went into planning and executing the dastardly attack.

Nikam argued that Kasab is a highly trained and motivated member of the Pakistani terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) who underwent months of training in weapons and intelligence so he could execute the well-planned attack on Mumbai. Nikam has also relied on scores of witness testimonies in a bid to establish Kasab’s role in the killing of innocents at CST and Cama Hospital, the gunning down of senior policemen in Badruddin Tyabji Lane and the final gunbattle at Marine Drive.

The prosecution’s main argument had been that Kasab is a cold-blooded killer whose guilt has been established both through human accounts of the night of November 26, 2008, as well as forensic evidence in the form of DNA reports.

The case against Ansari and Shaikh revolved around Kasab’s confession to magistrate R V Sawant Waghule in February 2009. Kasab had said that the duo supplied maps of Mumbai to LeT bosses. Thus, they gave logistical support to carry out the attack.

In his defence, Kasab had maintained that he was an innocent Pakistani who was picked up several days prior to the attack. He has insisted that the terrorist caught on CCTV is not him but a lookalike. He also rubbished all witness testimonies as tutored and given at the behest of police officials.

Both Ansari and Shaikh had denied all wrongdoing. Their main argument is why would the LeT rely upon crude maps allegedly supplied by them when far more sophisticated versions were easily available on the internet. After the arrest of American David Coleman Headley, they also argued that recce work for the attack was done by him and they had been framed needlessly in the case.

In September 2006, after 13 years of arguments, the Tada court had begun giving its verdicts in the 1993 serial blasts case. It was the last major trial in recent times. Courtsey TOI

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Kolkata on alert against possible terrorist attack

News4u-News Desk-Kolkata, Security in the metropolis and and the airport was stepped up today after the West Bengal government received inputs on a possible strike by the Bangladesh-based terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM).

“The state government has received inputs from the Central intelligence about a possible strike by the Indian Mujahideen. We have strengthened security accordingly,” Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen said here.

Director General of Police Bhupinder Singh stated that the airport could also be targeted and added that the police were asked to coordinate with the CISF, which was in charge of the NSC Bose International Airport’s security.

Joint Commissioner of Police (HQ) Jawed Shamim said “We have received certain inputs from the Centre and are working on it. We have taken every possible measure to keep the city secure.

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