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Pak handlers intended to camouflage identity of 26/11 terrorists, SC told

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    NEW DELHI: The Maharashtra government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the Pakistani handlers of the 26/11 terrorists intended to camouflage the gunmen's identity by providing them with Indian identity documents and demanding withdrawal of Army from Kashmir through an Indian TV channel to portray the terror attack as an indigenous expression of dissent by Kashmiris against the Indian government.

    Appearing for the Maharashtra government, senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam and prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam read out transcripts of intercepted conversations between the Pakistani handlers and the 10 terrorists who wrought mayhem in Mumbai to drive home the point that though the conspirators were operating from Pakistan, they had made every attempt to hide their and the country's identity.

    A bench of Justices Aftab Alam and Chandramauli Kumar Prasad said it would like to view the 26/11 related CCTV footage as well as hear the recorded conversation between the terrorists and their handlers.

    On request of amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran, the senior advocate who argued for life sentence for the lone surviving gunman Ajmal Kasab, the judges agreed to do it on Thursday afternoon in their chamber rather than in open court. Both in the trial court and the Mumbai High Court, the CCTV footage and recorded intercepts were played in open court.

    Subramaniam said all the 10 terrorists were provided Chinese-made Nokia mobile sets with the instruction to switch it on after reaching India. Police, which could recover only five mobile sets, discovered from the IMEI numbers, which are peculiar to every mobile handset, that all of them came from Pakistan.

    The senior advocate said the terrorists tried to change the SIM cards of their phones with the ones forcibly obtained from terrorized guests at the attacked locations but the IMEI numbers gave away their identity.

    Pak handlers intended to camouflage identity of 26/11 terrorists, SC told - The Times of India
     
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