26/11 attackers had left notes declaring 'war'

They forgot to remove them from RDX-laden boxes

Police inspector Prakash Bhoite, a witness,  deposed in the court that the Pakistani terrorists had planted two bombs with timers in metal boxes at different places near the Taj Mahal hotel, which was one of the targets of 26/11 attackers.

The boxes had notes scribbled on them in Urdu, declaring “yeh jung ki aur ishara hai” (this is a pointer to war), PI Bhoite, attached to Colaba police station, said. One of the boxes was found near the Gateway of India opposite the Taj Mahal Hotel, while the second box was found near the Gokul Hotel behind the Taj. Both boxes contained 8 kg RDX with timers.

Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told the court that the deposition of the witness supports the prosecution’s stand that the aim of terrorists was not only to create terror in Mumbai but to wage war against India. The prosecutor said the investigations have revealed that the Pakistani terrorists were given these RDX-laden boxes by the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) conspirators in Pakistan but they had forgotten to remove the notes in Urdu.

PI Bhoite said he was on duty at the Colaba police station on the day of terror attacks when he heard the firing shots. He rushed outside and learnt that two persons had entered the  Taj Mahal Hotel after firing at the Cafe Leopold. He was asked to look for explosives and he found the two boxes. The bomb disposal squad was immediately summoned were defused.

Another witness, a watchman at a well-known garments shop in downtown Colaba Sachin Sorte, said: “As our shop was located opposite the Cafe Leopold I downed the shutters and soon thereafter one of the guys fired shots at the shop. Two bullets hit the shutter.”

Asked to describe the person who had fired shots at the shop, he said the gunman was of medium built wearing a grey T-shirt and carrying a gun in hand and a blue bag on his shoulders.

Sorte said he identified the body of a terrorist who was shot dead during the seige, lying in a morge at the government-run J J Hospital on January 7, this year. The court is conducting trial against the captured Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab and two Indian operatives of LeT Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed.

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