Faheem, Sabauddin May Lead To Local Hands Behind 26-1

19 December 2008
The Times of India


Lucknow: With Faheem Ansari and Sabahuddin now in custody of Mumbai police, investigators may soon lay their hands on the local hands behind the 26-11 terror strikes in Mumbai. Investigators will also quiz the duo for some more irrefutable evidence to establish that Pakistani soil has been used to launch terror strikes against India earlier as well - a charge that Pakistan government continues to deny till date. Arrested for the December 31, 2007 attack at the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Rampur and possession of arms and explosives, Sabahuddin had already confessed to his involvement in the December 25, 2006 attack at the IISc, Bangalore. At the time of their arrest on February 10 last, the duo had divulged the plans of LeT to target CST, Hotel Taj and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai. They had provided graphic details of their meetings and training at terror campus in Muzaffarabad (Pakistan) with LeT chief Zaki-Ur-Rehman, Lakhvi alias Chacha, his leutenants, Muzammil alias Yusuf and Abu Hamza - all natives of Pakistan. Not only this, Sabahuddin had revealed that the Pakistani trio has not only orchestrated the Rampur attack but Abu Hamza had himself pulled the trigger at the IISC, Bangalore. Kasab, the lone surviving arrested executor of 26-11 Mumbai terror strikes, has also named Zaki-Ur-Rehman Lakhvi alias Chacha, Muzammil alias Yusuf and Abu Hamza as the archietects of 26-11 in Mumbai. Sources said that Kasab, during interrogation, revealed the involvement of two local LeT operatives who provided logistical support to him and his slain associates but failed to identify them. Hailing from Pulwama in Kashmir, one of them has code names Sadaaq and Aatif. Investigators suspect that these were the same persons who had provided logistical support to Sabauddin and Abu Hamza for the attack at IISc, Bangalore and CRPF camp in Rampur. Sabahuddin, when quizzed by the Corps of Detectives (COD) in Bangalore for his role in IISc attack, had revealed it was Abu Hamza himself who pulled the trigger. After the attack, Sabauddin and Hamza escaped through different routes to Nepal and Pakistan respectively. Bangalore police even recovered a bag belonging to Sabauddin from a house in Hebbal locality of the city, which Sabauddin and Hamza had rented while plotting the IISc attack. The bag contained, among other things, some clothes of Abu Hamza. Sabahuddin had confessed to have undergone advanced training in handling all kinds of weapons and explosives and commando training at terror camps in Muzaffarabad during which he met Lakhvi and Muzammil alias Yusuf. Investigators have also not ruled out the possibilites of both Sabauddin and Kasab having undergone training together at the terror camps in Pakistan. Since at the camp, all individuals are assigned and known by their code names, there was a possibility that the two may identify each other once brought face-to-face.