MUMBAI: The terrorists who took part in the 26/11 attack on Mumbai were motivated and brainwashed by their handlers into believing they were
fighting for the liberation of Kashmir.
Sources in the security establishment told TOI that the 10 men behind the deadly terrorist strike were told that they were picked for a mission in Kashmir; there was no mention about the real target until the last stage of the operation was set in motion.
Amir Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist caught alive, confirmed this during his interrogation. The terrorists who carried out the strikes at Colaba, CST and Nariman Point were told about the destination only at the fag-end of their one-and-a-half year training.
Sources said that Kasab now wants to apologise to his mother for his act. When he had gone home for a three-day break in the middle of his training, he had confessed to his mother that he had become a mujahideen. His mother tried hard but in vain to convince him to rethink what he was about to do, sources said. Kasab still believes that his mother will pardon him, as he feels any mother would pray for the well-being of her children.
A 4th standard dropout, Kasab was indoctrinated into the hate-India campaign by making him believe that he would go to heaven (jannat) for his actions. Sources said that Kasab believed that it was God's wish that he carry out the attack. "He did not regret the act and insisted that his actions were not against Islam, which is against the killing of innocents," a source said. According to sources, Kasab has not lost his composure and shows no sign of remorse.
Kasab believed that his trainers were sent by god to help the `jihadis' carry out these attacks. When asked about the one person who reportedly left the training camp midway, Kasab attributed it too to god's will.
He found nothing wrong in his trainers staying back and sending him on a suicidal mission. According to Kasab, it was god who had assigned a role for everyone, including his mentors. ``He kept on saying what happened was fated,'' a source said. However, now Kasab says he will never pick up a gun again.
Kasab reportedly said that he and his partner, Ismail Khan, who was shot dead at Girgaum, were not buddies. The duo stepped out of the CST station after gunning down 57 persons and headed towards Cama Hospital.
``Kasab claimed that they did not exchange notes and neither did they discuss any escape plans after emerging from CST. They were not aware of the topography of the area,'' a source said. Kasab apparently did not know about the renaming of VT station as CST. He kept on saying `VTS', meaning VT station.
After a gunbattle with cops at Cama Hospital, the duo hijacked a police jeep after killing five police personnel, including ATS chief Hemant Karkare. While fleeing, they fired at the crowd gathered at Metro junction, killing a constable and another bystander. Kasab however said that he did not fire at Metro as a bullet had pierced his left wrist in the ambush in which Karkare and others were killed.
Kasab has not been provided access to television or newspapers as a result of which he is reportedly not aware of his parents being taken away from their house or of Pakistan disowning him. It is learnt that Kasab replied in the negative when security agencies asked him whether he wanted to convey any message to Pakistan.
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