Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only terrorist captured alive for the attack on Mumbai on 26th November 2008, threw tantrums, made bizarre claims, confessed and then denied during his trial. His luck comes to an end on Monday.
Mumbai Special Judge M L Tahilyani will deliver his judgment on Kasab, 22, and two Indians in a case that has seen as many as 653 witnesses being examined, a 675-page written submission being filed and several ups and downs. The court will also give its judgment on the nine terrorists who were killed by security forces.
Kasab, a resident of Faridkot in Pakistan’s Punjab province, is charged with killing 166 people, including 25 foreigners, and injuring 304 others at the instance of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).
The 86 charges against him range from “waging war against India” to murder and destabilizing the government. Besides, he faces charges under the Explosives Act, the Arms Act, the Passport Act, the Prevention of Damage to Public Properties Act, the Customs Act, the Explosive Substances Act, the Bombay Police Act, the Foreigners Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
His Indian accomplices — Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed — are accused of conspiracy in the attacks. They allegedly prepared maps of the targeted locations and handing these to LeT operatives.
If held guilty, they all may get the death penalty.
Kasab and his accomplice, Abu Ismail, are accused of carrying out the deadliest part of the attacks by the terrorists who targeted two luxury hotels, a train station, a popular cafe and a Jewish centre.
Fifty-eight people were killed and over 100 injured as Kasab and Abu Ismail fired indiscriminately and threw hand-grenades at commuters at the Chhattrapati Railway terminus.