Red alert ahead of 26/11 anniversary

Red alert ahead of 26/11 anniversary

The alert was issued after the intelligence warnings, which came reportedly from a western country, about LeT’s plans to launch strike on the anniversary of the Mumbai attacks.

Ten Pakistani terrorists had launched coordinated attacks on Mumbai killing at least 166 people and injuring over 200. The attack lasted for over 60 hours with the terrorists targeting major landmarks of the city like the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the iconic Taj Hotel, the Oberoi Trident Hotel, the Chabad House and Leopold Cafe.

Only one terrorist, Ajmal Amir Kasab, was captured alive while he was fleeing in a hijacked Skoda car, while the other nine were killed in gunbattle with security forces including the elite commando force, National Security Guards (NSG).

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government on Thursday informed the Bombay High Court that it had not accorded permission to National Investigating Agency (NIA) to interrogate Kasab in the 26/11 case and that the agency wanted to question him in some other matter. The special counsel for the state government Ujjwal Nikam submitted that NIA wanted to interrogate Kasab in some other case and not in the 26/11 terror attacks case.

Accordingly, Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More disposed of a petition filed by Kasab asking whether NIA had registered an independent case against him and also if it would interrogate him in the 26/11 case.

 Kasab, who has been awarded death sentence also sought to know under what provisions Maharashtra had permitted NIA to question him. The High Court is hearing confirmation of his sentence.

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