Sunday, May 31, 2009

Curiosity was his main motive, say city police

In Letter To News Channel, Bangalore Boy Said He Planted 5 Bombs In Mumbai

Mateen Hafeez | TNN

Mumbai: A 15-year-old Bangalore teenager was arrested by the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell (CCIC) of the city crime branch on Friday for allegedly sending a hoax email to a private news channel. In the e-mail, he claimed to have planted five bombs in Mumbai, challenging the police to find them before it was too late.

According to police officials, at around 1pm on May 25, the news channel received an e-mail that read: “I have planted five bombs in Mumbai; you have two hours to find it.” The police, who were alerted immediately, traced the Internet Protocol (IP) address to Vijay Nagar in Bangalore. The internet service provider for the account was BSNL, said officials.

In a joint operation with the Bangalore police, CCIC investigators identified the perpetrator of the e-mail and zeroed in on teenager Krishna Singh (name changed), son a local businessman.

Singh was brought to Mumbai on Thursday night and arrested for criminal intimidation. The Information Technology (amended) Acts section for cyber terrorism, however, was not included in the charge sheet.

Curiosity, it appears, was the main motive. During the interrogation, Singh allegedly told the police that he had no intention of committing any crime, but simply wanted to know what would happen if he sent a hoax threat by e-mail to a news channel.
Nevertheless, police officials said they checked his computer thoroughly.

Singh was sent to a juvenile remand home in Dongri on Friday, and was granted bail on Saturday.

But what is more worrying is a steady increase in hoax threats and e-mails, not by adults, but by minors who, more often than not, do it “just for fun”. This year alone, the CCIC has received 21 such threat complaints applica
tions. And it's not the first time a juvenile has been arrested for sending hoax emails (See box).

Experts believe that children are unaware of the repercussions of such actions. Cyber guru, Vijay Mukhi, said, “Most of the children who send such e-mails don’t realise that it is a serious offence. The new amendment for such an offence comes under ‘cyber terrorism’, and the maximum punishment is life imprisonment.

The wastage of manpower and police time to simply
track these offenders is criminal, say experts. In an attempt to build awareness and educate students, the city’s police force and cyber cell has been conducting programmes on “future crime” in schools and colleges. The aim, said one police officer, is to help minors realise that sending such threats is a crime. More often than not, most of the minors arrested are let off with a warning

MINOR HOAX SPELLS MAJOR TROUBLE

1) Sixteen-year-old Rakesh Patel (name changed), a student from Ahmedabad, sent an email to a private news channel on March 18, 2008, warning officials of a bomb on an Andheri-bound train. In the e-mail, he claimed to be a member of the Dawood Ibrahim gang. Three days later, the Crime Investigation Cell (CCIC) of the city police arrested the boy under Section 506 (ii) for criminal intimidation. He was charge sheeted on November 28, 2008
Status: Patel was given a warning by a juvenile court

2 )A 14-year-old Colaba boy sent a hoax e-mail to a TV channel in Madhya Pradesh, three days after the July 26, 2008, Ahmedabad bomb blasts. He claimed that 29 bombs would go off in Jabalpur. He was picked up by officers of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) who, with the help of the MP police, were able to trace the e-mail to a cyber café in Colaba.
Status: No FIR was registered. The Cuffe Parade police registered a non-cognizable (NC) complaint against him, and the boy was allowed to go home after the police gave him a “strict warning”

3) Shariq Khan, 18, was arrested in Bhopal on July 26, 2006, for sending out three e-mails claiming to be a member of the terrorist organisation, which the police believed was behind the 7/11 train bombings. He was arrested by the Bhopal police. Later, the ATS brought the boy to Mumbai and also booked him for a five-year-old unsolved case where an unknown accused had sent e-mail warnings to the department of Atomic Energy (DAE) in 2001.
Status: The police filed a charge sheet against Shariq who claimed that he had sent the e-mails for fun. Trial is pending in a juvenile court. Shariq is presently out on bail in Bhopal

4) On February 26, 2006, a 17-yearold student from Jamnabai Narsee School called an Alitalia flight bound to Milan at 2am telling them there was a bomb on board. He wanted to stop his girlfriend from going abroad. She was one of the 12 students on their way to attend a mock United Nations session in Genoa
Status: After being grilled by the police, he was arrested, but let out on bail

The Times of India, May 31, 2009

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Mumbai’s Underground NET-WORK




You could be aiding financial e-theft and not even know it

Mahafreed Irani | TNN

Mumbai was home to the largest number of botinfected computers in India in 2008, according to a global report released recently by an online security firm. Bots are software that are surreptitiously planted in computers and run automatically. They can be used for a variety of sinister reasons, including spreading malicious codes, spyware and adware and conducting spamming or phishing attacks.

What’s worrying is that the survey, by Symantec, says that attackers are increasingly preying on the computer owner and not the computer itself. The main reason for the attacks is financial gain, including getting credit card or banking details to commit fraud.

Furthermore, web-based attacks are becoming the order of the day. Legitimate websites, including social networking ones (widely used today), are increasingly being compromised to dupe unsuspecting users into divulging information through phishing and other attacks.

Mumbai had 38,410 bot-infected computers that silently helped the cyber underground in 2008, said the survey. With lakhs of computers in use in the city, the figure could be an underestimate, especially with India having the most worms and viruses in the Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) region. Shockingly, till April 2009, the country had the third-most spam in the world and the sixth-most
spam zombies (computers that unknowingly generate spam).

Mumbai’s share of bot-infected computers in India was 37%, followed by Chennai at 24% and Delhi at 7%. In all, there were 1.03 lakh bot-infected computers in the country in 2008.

Cyber expert Vijay Mukhi said attackers know that the financial capital of a country is where the
money is. “Although Mumbai has been a computerfriendly city, it isn’t as tech savvy as Bangalore.
The average computer user in Bangalore knows how to stay secure from malicious attacks and is
more aware than the user in Mumbai,’’ he said. Cynical about the lax cyber law-enforcement in the country, Mukhi asked, “When was the last time you heard of a cyber criminal serving a jail term?’’

Bots can also make compromised computers part of a larger network of infected computers, called a botnet, which is ultimately remotely controlled by cyber criminals. Organised criminals control botnets, some of which have thousands of zombies at their disposal. According to the report, globally most of
the malicious activity occurs in or originates from the US and China. India ranked third in the Asian region for overal malicious activity and was 10 regionally anf 48th globally for origin of attacks.

Vishal Dhupar, managing director, Symantec, said, “The surge in command-and-control servers in India from 40 in 2007 to over 70 in 2008 indicates that the country is a point of origin for many attacks. Such servers relay commands to bot-infected computers in a botnet.’’

Govind Ramamurthy, of MicroWorld Technologies, an antivirus, anti-phishing solutions provider, blamed the industry slowdown in the West for the attacks on computers in Mumbai. “The US has enforced stricter IT security to avoid losses due to cyber attacks. This leaves cities vulnerable to attacks. People who are laid off may have also been indirectly pulled into an underground economy.’’

A student at VJTI, Divye Khilnani, who has worked on bot detection and prevention as part of a project, said, “The networks of big companies are targeted by hackers first. They prefer Mumbai because most of the headquarters of big companies are here. Targeting them creates a bigger impact.’’

Hacker’s Dictionary
Bot | Software applications that do automated tasks. Planted in computers to do malicious tasks, including spread viruses and harvest info
Spyware | Steals personal information
Adware | Forces compromised PCs to automatically click on net ads, thus boosting ad billings
Phishing | Using emails and instant messages and fake or compromised websites to get personal info
Spamming | Causing system slowdowns and loss of memory by sending spam
Denial of service (DoS) attacks | Using captured computers to bomb a system with info, forcing it to shut down and cause a loss of e-commerce
Virus | Makes legitimate programs operate incorrectly or corrupts memory
Worm | Self-replicating, selfrunning program that clogs networks and uses bandwidth

The Times of India, May 30, 2009

City’s e-crooks eye cash gains

Mateen Hafeez I TNN
Mumbai: Cyber crime, a majority of it involving financial theft, is on the rise in the city, with the police recording 775 cases overall in 2008. In the first five months of 2009, the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell (CCIC) has already registered 539 cases.

At least 292 of 2008’s cases directly involved financial e-fraud, with 145 cases involving credit card fraud, 122 cases involving phishing for cheating and 25 involving Nigerian frauds, job racketing and lottery scams.

This year, the number of financial e-fraud cases has already reached 287, just five less than the 2008 tally. Of these cases, there has been a huge jump in credit card fraud, with 187 cases already filed in five months. Another 65 cases involve phishing and 35 involve Nigerian frauds, racketing and lottery frauds.

Alarmingly, Mumbai is showing a penchant for one of the more sophisticated cyber crimes in use globally today, namely phishing. This usually involves creating fake emails or webpages to lure

computer users into divulging information like credit card numbers, bank account numbers, passwords and so on.

The first case of phishing was registered in Mumbai way back in February 2005 with the Sakinaka police. Then in 2006, ICICI Bank filed a complaint with the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) police after its customers complained about being asked to validate or confirm account details through a seemingly innocuous e-mail ID (icici@icicibank.com). When the cyber crime police began investigating the case, they found that a scamster had used customer details to purchase goods on the net. The phisher had also made a clone of the ICICI Bank website to convince users.

“Web crime appears to be the crime of the future,’’ said
joint commisssioner of police (crime) Rakesh Maria. “With increasing computer literacy, educated people are indulging in such activities. We have been speaking to students in schools and colleges, their parents and so on.’’ He added that while e-banking was introduced to make banking easier, criminals are using it as a tool for theft.

The types of financial efraud cases are varied. Here are a few:
A Dahisar resident informed the police that his bank had told him that his credit card was used to buy Rs 1.5 lakh worth of air tickets.
A Pune-based man received an email from ‘Nigeria’ stating that his ancestors’ property had been discovered and he had to pay the legal fee of Rs 6 lakh. The victim sold his house to pay the money. Later, it was discovered that the mail originated from a cyber cafe in Mumbai.
A Worli-based businessman, who purchased a BMW car, received an email saying that his license-plate number had been chosen in a draw that entitled him to another BMW. He was asked
to deposit Rs 12 lakh in an account as a fee. He never got the second car.

The latter two cases indicate social engineering, where the victim has been spied on and cultivated. The Pune man had to have had a reason to believe he had African property and the Worli businessman’s cheaters knew he had recently bought a BMW. In other words, they were not entirely random attacks.

In the case of credit card fraud, the perpetrators in the city are not yet getting their details via the net, but through befriending employees who swipe cards that are legitimately swiped at restaurants, petrol pumps or malls. The employees either divulge information or card readers are used. The details are then used to commit online fraud.

The Times of India, May 30, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

‘Saji stole 100 kg drugs from NCB’

Mateen Hafeez I TNN
Mumbai: Anti-terrorism squad sources on Wednesday told TOI that Saji Mohan, the IPS officer currently in custody on charges of dealing in narcotics, stole about 100 kg of heroin from the seized stock of the Chandigarh Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) during his tenure as its zonal director.

Saji, 39, was arrested by the Maharashtra ATS in January, barely two weeks after he took charge as deputy director at the Enforcement Di
rectorate (ED) in Kochi. The ATS arrested him from a club in Oshiwara, claiming to have recovered 12 kg heroin from him. During the probe, cops said they have collectively seized 39 kg heroin in Mumbai belonging to Saji.

“The Chandigarh NCB has registered a fresh case of stealing narcotics from government premises.
NCB officials have estimated that about 100 kg of drugs was stolen,’’ said an officer from Mumbai.

The drugs, said sources, were kept in the NCB godown. The drugs were seized by the Border Security Force (BSF) as unclaimed material and later deposited with the NCB. Saji was in charge of the godown.

The Chandigarh NCB has regis
tered a fresh case this week against Saji and booked him under the stringent Section 59 (2) of the NDPS Act, which provides for a minimum 10 years and a maximum 20 years in jail. This section was not invoked on Saji by the ATS. The section relates to the “failure of authorised officers in their duty or their connivance in contravention of the provisions of the NDPS Act’’.

Saji is the first IPS officer to be arrested in a drugs case. The ATS has filed a 400-page chargesheet against Saji and his two associates.

The Times of India, May 28, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Rly police will register FIR in train poster case

SLUR GAME: A poster, offensive to a minority community, was found inside a local train

Mateen Hafeez I TNN
Mumbai: Following a report in TOI about an objectionable poster on local trains, the Mumbai Central railway police will register an FIR against its printers and publishers for creating enmity among communities.
In its May 21 edition, TOI had reported that the poster, just like those of Aamir Khan-starrer Ghajini, show a muscular man whose body is imprinted with sensitive remarks against a minority community. The poster is suspected to be printed by some right-wing group.
The railway police on Thursday recorded the state
ment of the TOI correspondent and was in constant touch with the special branch to find out about the suspected right-wing group. The state intelligence department (SID) is also trying to trace the accused.
While it was not clear about the printer of the poster, the name of an organisation, Dharm Raksha Manch, appeared at the bottom of the poster. “We will register a case under Section 153 a (creating hatred among two communities),” said Bharatkumar Rane, senior inspector of Mumbai Central railway police.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Muslims and non-Muslims met additional directorgeneral of police (railways) K P Raghuvanshi on Thursday. “Raghuvanshi assured us of stern action against the culprits,’’ said activist Farid Batatawala.

The Times of India, May 22, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Unwanted Dead or Alive




The Times of India, May 21, 2009

Kasab’s confession forwarded to Pakistan

Mateen Hafeez I TNN

Mumbai: The ministry of external affairs has handed over the confessional statement of Ajmal Kasab, lone 26/11 terrorist caught alive, to Pakistan authorities.

While senior officials of the Mumbai crime branch, the agency investigating the terror strikes, remained tight-lipped, it is learnt that a copy of the confessional statement was sent to Pakistan on Wednesday. “Kasab’s statement was recorded under section 164 of the CrPC before a magistrate. This is admissible in the court as evidence,’’ said an officer.


Joint commissioner of police (Crime) Rakesh Maria, said the crime branch did not have a copy of Kasab’s confessional statement till the chargesheet was filed in the court. “After the trial began last month, we filed an application in the special court and requested for a copy of the statement,’’Maria said. This copy was later sent to
the ministry of home affairs and then forwarded to the ministry of external affairs, said sources. The same was sent to Pakistan since it had been insisting on receiving a copy of Kasab’s statement.

According to sources, a copy of the 12,000-page
chargesheet listing the role played by Kasab and 35 Pakistan nationals in the terror conspiracy, was sent to Pakistan last month. The chargesheet contained statements of over 2,200 witnesses, police officers who were part of the anti-terror operation and doctors. It also contained medical reports, forensic reports, the GPS route and photographs of fishing trawler M V Kuber that was used by the terrorists to enter Mumbai.

Soon after the November 26 terror attack, a 70-page report containing brief information about the terrorists, their role in the conspiracy, route taken by them to reach India, their DNA reports and arms and ammunition used by them, among other
things, was submitted to Pakistani authorities. Moreover, said sources, a separate answersheet compiled by the crime branch answering questions raised by Pakistan in March this year was also forwarded.

India also gives additional info
New Delhi: India on Wednesday handed over “additional information” to Pakistan in the ongoing probe into 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. These include DNA sample of Kasab. Pakistan’s interior minister Rahman Malik had said last month that two of the DNA samples provided by India were same. These two belonged to Kasab and his companion Mohammed Ismail. India had attributed this to a clerical error and the issue has been addressed in the new dossier. TN

The Times of India, May 21, 2009

Ghajini-like posters hit out at minority community



IN THE EYE OF A STORM

Mateen Hafeez I TNN
Mumbai: Posters, taking off from the Aamir Khan-starrer Ghajini and targeting one particular community, have started appearing on suburban trains of the WR.

The posters show a muscular man, sporting the Ghajini haircut, with several phrases tattooed on the his body. But unlike in the film, these tattoos are grouses that right-wing groups often have with the Muslim community.

The state intelligence department and the GRP have initiated a probe to figure
out who is responsible for these posters. Though this is not yet clear, but the name of an organisation, the Dharm Raksha Manch, appears at the bottom of the posters.

Additional director-general of police (railways) Krish Pal Raghuvanshi deployed over 15 teams to trace the organisation behind the posters and ordered their immediate removal from trains. The posters also appeared to target the Congress, for ignoring “Hindu interests’’ and appeasing Muslims.


The Times of India, May 21, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Chargesheet in the multiple terror attack

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FINAL FORM / REPORT

(Under Section 173 Cr.P.C.)

IN THE COURT OF

ADDL. CH. M.M., 37TH COURT, ESPLANADE, MUMBAI.

The Chief Investigating Officer of the sensational and diabolic attacks by the terrorists at different iconic locations in Mumbai on 26th November 2008, hereby submits a report under Section 173 of Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 as under.

A heinous criminal conspiracy has been planned and hatched in Pakistan by the internationally banned Lashkar-e-Taiba to execute a series of attacks at prominent places in Mumbai, the financial capital of the country on 26th November 2008. This was with the express intention to destabilize India, wage war against this country, terrorize its citizens, create financial loss and issue a warning to other countries whose citizens were also targetted , humiliated and cold-bloodedly killed. This Fidayeen Mission was part of a larger criminal conspiracy planned in Pakistan for attacking the commercial capital of India with intent to wage war, to weaken India economically and to create terror and dread amongst the citizens of the Mumbai metropolis in particular and India in general and, thereby, through the said unlawful activities its perpetrators committed terrorist acts.

Lashkar-e-Taiba (Lashkar-e Tayyiba; literally means Army of the Good, translated as Army of the Righteous, or Army of the Pure) — also pronounced and spelt as Lashkar-i-Tayyaba, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Lashkar-i-Taiba, or LeT — is one of the largest, most active and lethal militant organizations in South Asia.

Lashkar-e-Taiba – “The Army of the Pure” is a militant offshoot of Markaz-ud-Dawa-wal- Irshad (MDI), an Islamic fundamentalist organization. Markaz-ud- Dawatul-wal- Irshad has since been renamed as Jamaat-ud-Dawa.

It was founded by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and Zafar Iqbal in the Kunar province of Afghanistan in 1989. It has its headquarter at Muridke near Lahore, Pakistan. It operates numerous training camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir as well as in other parts of Pakistan. Lashkar has forged cooperative and operational ties with religious militant groups throughout the Middle East, South East Asia and also in other parts of the world.

The Militant group's defining objective is to Islamicise South Asia with its main aim being freedom for Muslims in India-administered Kashmir.

The Lashkar-e-Taiba is banned as a terrorist organization by India, Pakistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Russia, Australia besides a host of other countries. Hafiz Saeed has been listed as the leader of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. The United Nations Security Council has also listed Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Haji Mohammad Ashraf, and Mahmoud Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq as senior members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Zaki-Ur-Rehman Lakhvi is listed as the terror group’s chief of Anti-India operations. Haji Mohammed Ashraf is the group’s chief of finance whereas Mahmoud Mohammed Bahaziq, a Saudi national who served as the leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba in Saudi Arabia, is a senior financier.

Jamaat – Ud – Dawa has been recently declared as a terrorist front group by the United Nations (UN) as per its Resolution 1267. UN believes that this organization also supports Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

I. Attack on Mumbai: A larger design :

The military precision with which all these attacks were conducted, the commando like action, the complexity of the operation, the detailed and meticulous planning, the familiarity and dexterity in the handling of sophisticated weaponry and electronic equipment all undoubtedly and conclusively point to training by professionals in Pakistan.

The mindless killing and wanton destruction of property executed with heartless inhumanity resulted in the tragic death of 166 civilians and huge economic loss. These hardened terrorists who are willing recruits as “Fidayeens" and the ruthless LeT operators, pursued their single-minded objective of the blood-thirsty slaughter of innocent, unarmed victims without any touch of remorse or regret.

It is, indeed, very clear and apparent from the manner in which these attacks were conducted by the terrorists that the assault was meticulously planned and executed only after the completion of long and arduous training with thorough and well thought-out preparation and briefing. It was also the primary intention of the terrorists to create unprecedented raw fear and panic in the minds of the Indian citizenry and the foreign visitors to Indian soil.

On 26th Nov, 2008, in the attacks by the terrorists in the locations spread across the jurisdiction of various police stations at Mumbai, a total of 166 innocent citizens from India, U.K., U.S.A, Israel and other countries were killed and 304 citizens were wounded. Government as well as private property totally valued at approximately Rs. Forty one crores and seventy two lacs was destroyed ( excluding the Taj Mahal Hotel ). Besides, 4 sailors from the "M.V. Kuber" trawler were also mercilessly killed by the co-conspirators in pursuance of the criminal conspiracy hatched in Pakistan. The terrorists targetted and attacked iconic targets in the city of Mumbai which is the Financial Capital of India. These attacks are nothing but an offshoot of the programmed and undeclared proxy war against India by terrorist organizations and their support agencies. These attacks were carried out simultaneously by multiple teams on locations where the citizens of Mumbai as well as foreign nationals move around or stay such as the historic Taj Mahal Hotel, The Oberoi Trident Hotel, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (which is normally the transport lifeline of lacs of railway commuters), Cama & Albless Hospital (where expectant mothers and ailing women are admitted) at the unsuspecting public at the Cama hospital compound, near Metro Cinema area and at the Leopold Cafe (a tourist hub frequented by foreigners and the local populace of Mumbai). These attacks were launched through the indiscriminate and random firing from deadly AK-47 assault rifles and by lobbing lethal hand grenades. Not satisfied with this mindless bloodshed, the terrorists planted IEDs (RDX based) out of which two were placed in taxies in which the terrorists traveled to the targetted sites. These two IED laden taxies exploded near the Domestic Airport on the Western Express Highway, Vile Parle (East) and near the B.P.T Colony Road at Mazagaon (Byculla). Besides, the heavily armed terrorists also took over buildings and hostages, indulged in drive-by shootings in sequential and simultaneous attacks.

Two terrorists from this team of 10 Mujahideens, hijacked a Skoda car by threatening the two occupants and its driver and firing with their sophisticated AK-47 rifles near Vidhan Bhavan Road. It was fortuitous that whilst the two terrorists were traveling in this hijacked car, they were stopped near Girgaon Chowpatty by a police team at a Nakabandi (roadblock).

Not deterred in the least, the two terrorists fired indiscriminately at the police and attempted to run away from the spot. However, Mumbai police acted swiftly and in a retaliatory offensive were successful in killing one of the terrorists on the spot and capturing another alive. The ingress of the terrorists into the city of Mumbai is conclusive proof of the meticulous preparation, planning and training.

II. Planners and Trainers behind the Attack :

During the investigation of these crimes, it has transpired that the below mentioned 35 wanted terrorist accused who belong to the infamous Lashkar- e-Taiba and their accomplices in Pakistan and other places have aided and abetted in executing these attacks after Military precision-like planning and training between December 2007 to November 2008 in Pakistan.

1. Hafeez Muhammad Saeed @ Hafiz Saab,
2. Zaki-Ur-Rehman Lakhvi,
3. Abu Hamza,
4. Abu Al Kama @ Amjid,
5. Abu Kaahfa,
6. Mujjamil alias Yusuf,
7. Zarar Shah,
8. Abu Fahad Ullah,
9. Abu Abdul Rehman,
10. Abu Anas,
11. Abu Bashir,
12. Abu Imran,
13. Abu Mufti Saeed,
14. Hakim Saab,
15. Yusuf,
16. Mursheed,
17. Aakib,
18. Abu Umar Saeed,
19. Usman,
20. Major General Sahab – Name not known,
21. Kharak Singh,
22. Mohammed Ishfak,
23. Javid Iqbal,
24. Sajid Iftikhar,
25. Col. R. Saadat Ullah,
26. Khurram Shahdad,
27. Abu Abdurrehman,
28. Abu Mavia,
29. Abu Anis,
30. Abu Bashir,
31. Abu Hanjla Pathan,
32. Abu Saria,
33. Abu Saif –ur- Rehman,
34. Abu Imran and
35. Hakim Saheb.

III. Training of the Terrorists :

Investigation has revealed that the terrorists involved in the terrorist attacks underwent a rigorous, arduous and disciplined training schedule. Only on successful completion of the training module did they graduate for the next phase. Training was a very important component of the planned conspiracy and was very vital for the successful execution of the diabolic and nefarious designs of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. It was revealed during investigation that the terrorists were trained at various locations inside Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir. The training modules, on a graduating scale, were held at Muridke, Manshera, Muzaffarabad, Azizabad, Paanch Teni, etc. in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir. The ten terrorist accused underwent a gruelling training schedule, graduated with flying colours at every phase, ultimately to be hand-picked for the execution of this audacious and bold mission. They were trained for physical fitness, swimming, weapon handling, tradecraft, battle inoculation, Guerilla warfare, firing sophisticated assault weapons, use of Hand Grenades and Rocket Launchers, Handling of GPS and Satellite Phone, Map Reading etc. They were also indoctrinated in the tenets of Jihad and the recitation of Quran and Hadis. The trainers, namely Abu Fahadullah, Abu Mufti Saeed, Abu Abdurrehman, Abu Maavia, Abu Anis, Abu Bashir, Abu Hanjla Pathan, Abu Saria, Abu Saif-ur-Rehman, Abu Imran, Zaki- ur- Rehman, Hakim Saheb, Hafiz Saeed, Kaahfa, Abu Hamza and others were experts in their field and trained them to a degree of perfection.

During the last phase of their training, the selected 10 accused terrorists were shown the maps of the targetted sites of Mumbai City by their co-conspirator Abu Kaahfa. On being questioned as regards the authenticity and accuracy of the maps, Abu Kaahfa informed the terrorist accused that the maps had been meticulously prepared by arrested accused Fahim Arshad Mohammad Yusuf Ansari @ Abu Jarar @ Sakib @ Sahil Pawaskar @ Sameer Shaikh@ Ahmed Hasan, aged-35 yrs, Sabauddin Ahmed Shabbir Ahmed Shaikh @ Saba @ Farhan @ Mubbashir @ Babar @ Sameer Singh@ Sanjiv@ Abu-Al-Kasim@ Iftikhar@ Murshad @ Mohammad Shafik@Ajmal Ali, aged-24 yrs. It is further revealed during the investigation that wanted accused Zaki Ur-Rehman Lakhvi handed over the maps of targetted locations to the attackers before they left Karachi for Mumbai with a direction that the said maps of the sites at Mumbai were prepared by arrested accused Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmad and with the help of the said maps they could reach their assigned targets easily.




IV. Ground Work :

The success of the terrorist operation on 26-11-2008 would simply not have been possible without the in-puts and assistance provided by the arrested accused Fahim Arshad Mohammad Yusuf Ansari @ Abu Jarar @ Sakib @ Sahil Pawaskar @ Sameer Shaikh@ Ahmed Hasan, aged-35 yrs, Sabauddin Ahmed Shabbir Ahmed Shaikh @ Saba @ Farhan @ Mubbashir @ Babar @ Sameer Singh@ Sanjiv@ Abu-Al-Kasim@ Iftikhar@ Murshad @ Mohammad Shafik@Ajmal Ali, aged-24 yrs. The arrested accused Mohammed Ajmal Mohammed Amir Kasab and the nine deceased terrorist accused could precisely reach the targetted locations due to the maps and other details provided by Fahim Arshad Mohammad Yusuf Ansari @ Abu Jarar @ Sakib @ Sahil Pawaskar @ Sameer Shaikh@ Ahmed Hasan, aged-35 yrs, Sabauddin Ahmed Shabbir Ahmed Shaikh @ Saba @ Farhan @ Mubbashir @ Babar @ Sameer Singh@ Sanjiv@ Abu-Al-Kasim@ Iftikhar@ Murshad @ Mohammad Shafik@Ajmal Ali, aged-24 yrs. Investigations have further revealed that a map of important locations in Mumbai was found in the possession of the deceased terrorist, Abu Ismail. Further, it has also transpired that this map was the one prepared by arrested accused, Fahim Ansari.

The arrested accused Fahim Mohammed Yusuf Ansari @ Arshad @ Hasan @ Hammad @ Abu Jarar is originally a resident of Room No. 2409, Chawl No. 303, Motilal Nagar No.2, M.G. Road, Goregaon (West), Mumbai 400062. However, during the month of December 2007 and January 2008 under the alias of Sahil Pawaskar, he attempted to rent a room at Badhwar Park on leave and licence; but could not succeed. The location of Badhwar Park was important to the scheme of the conspiracy, keeping in mind its proximity to the targetted locations in South Mumbai. This fact is further corraborated by the terrorists selecting Badhwar Park, Machhimar Colony as the point of landing on Indian shores and dispersing towards their respective destinations from there on the fateful evening of 26-11-2008. Ultimately, he rented a room at 98-B Batatawala chawl, Room No. 14, Ground floor, Patthe Bapurao Marg, Mumbai – 400008 from where he conducted elaborate reconaissance of the iconic and important locations in Mumbai. For the purpose of communication, he procured under the assumed name of Sahil Pawaskar, a Reliance mobile bearing No. 9322504557. To camouflage his nefarious activities, he secured admission at Soft Pro Computer Educational Council, situated at Engineer premises, opposite Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai Samachar Marg, Mumbai – 400001. This place is located very close to the Badhwar Park, Colaba. Fahim Mohammed Yusuf Ansari @ Arshad @ Hasan @ Hammad @ Abu Jarar conducted detailed reconaissance of the targetted locations, the information of which was provided by him to Sabauddin Ahmed @ Sabba @ Farhan @ Mubashir @ Abu Qasim @ Sajju @ Ashok @ Shabbir Ahmed. Both the arrested accused viz. Fahim Mohammed Yusuf Ansari @ Arshad @ Hasan @ Hammad @ Abu Jarar and (2) Sabauddin Ahmed @ Sabba @ Farhan @ Mubashir @ Abu Qasim @ Sajju @ Ashok @ Shabbir Ahmed were in constant touch with each other through e-mail messenger. The accused Fahim Mohammed Yusuf Ansari @ Arshad @ Hasan @ Hammad @ Abu Jarar after reconaissance and preparation of detailed maps of the targetted locations, handed over the same to arrested co-accused Sabauddin Ahmed @ Sabba @ Farhan @ Mubashir @ Abu Qasim @ Sajju @ Ashok @ Shabbir Ahmed at Kathmandu in Nepal some time in January 2008. The arrested accused Sabauddin Ahmed who was a very important functionary of the LeT in India thence got in touch with his LeT bosses viz: Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Abu Kaahfa and informed them as regards the receipt of these important documents so very essential for the success of the Mumbai Mission. The LeT co-conspirators then made arrangements for fetching the maps etc. from Sabauddin Ahmed @ Sabba @ Farhan @ Mubashir @ Abu Qasim @ Sajju @ Ashok @ Shabbir Ahmed at Kathmandu, Nepal. It was these maps and directions which enabled the arrested terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Mohammed Amir Kasab and the 9 dead terrorists to arrive with absolute precision at the targetted locations and further to comprehend the topography and lay out of the targets.

V. Terrorists who participated in attacks in Mumbai :

During the investigation of the attacks, it is evident that along with the wanted terrorists residing in Pakistan, the following arrested terrorists and below mentioned killed terrorists have committed terrorist acts. The dead terrorists were killed by security forces/police personnel during the terrorist operations launched by the latter.

Arrested Terrorists:

1) Mohammad Ajmal Mohammad Amir Kasab alias Abu Mujahid, aged 21 yrs., r/o:- Village- Faridkot, Tal. Dipalpur, Dist. Okara, Punjab, Pakistan.

2) Fahim Arshad Mohammad Yusuf Ansari @ Abu Jarar @ Sakib @ Sahil Pawaskar @ Sameer Shaikh@ Ahmed Hasan, aged-35 yrs, r/o:- Room No. 2409, Chawl No. 303, Motilal Nagar No.2 M.G.Road, Goregaon (w), Mumbai.

3) Sabauddin Ahmed Shabbir Ahmed Shaikh @ Saba @ Farhan @ Mubbashir @ Babar @ Sameer Singh@ Sanjiv@ Abu-Al-Kasim@ Iftikhar@ Murshad @ Mohammad Shafik@Ajmal Ali, aged-24 yrs.r/o:- At post- Gandwar (Sakri Police Station) via Pandol, Dist- Madhubani, Bihar State.

Deceased Terrorists:

1) Ismail Khan alias Abu Ismail, r/o:- Dera Ismail Khan, Punjab, Pakistan.

2) Imran Babar alias Abu Aakasha, r/o:- Multan, Punjab, Pakistan.

3) Nasir alias Abu Umar,r/o:- Faisalabad, Pakistan.

4) Nazir Ahmad alias Abu Umer, r/o:- Faisalabad, Pakistan.

5) Hafiz Arshad alias Abdul Rehman Bada alias Hayaji, r/o:- Multan Road, Punjab, Pakistan

6) Abdul Rehman Chhota alias Saakib, r/o:- Arafwala, Multan Road, Punjab, Pakistan.

7) Fahad Ullah, r/o:- Ujarashamukam, Dipalpur, Harun Shekh Kasoor Road, Pakistan.

8) Javed alias Abu Ali, r/o:- Distt-Okara, Punjab, Pakistan

9) Shoaib alias Abu Shoheb, r/o:- Naroval, Shakkar Road, Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan.

VI. Meticulous Planning and Detailed Preparations :

During the investigation of these offences it has come to light that for the purpose of attacking the targetted sites in Mumbai, a total of 10 terrorists were selected and grouped in 5 "Buddy pairs" of two terrorists each. Each of these 10 highly trained and motivated terrorists was equipped and provided with the following fire arms, live ammunition, explosives and other material as follows:
Sr.No. Material Quantity
1 AK 47 1
2 Pistol 1
3 Hand grenades 8 to 10 each
4 AK 47 Magazine 8 (Each magazine hosting 30 rounds)
5 Pistol Magazine 2 (Each magazine hosting 7 rounds)
6 Khanjir 1
7 Dry fruit (Badam, Manuka etc.) 2 kg.
8 Cash (Indian rupees) Ranging from Rs. 4000 to Rs. 6000/- each.
9 Nokia mobile handset 1 each
10 Headphone 1 each
11 Water bottle 1 each
12 G.P.S. 1 (Each Group)
13 RDX-laden IED (with timer) 1 (Approximately each 8 kgs.)
14 9 Volt battery 3
15 Haver Sack 1
16 Bag ( for carrying RDX-laden IED) 1
17 Satellite Phone 1 (for all)
18 Rubberized dinghy with Outboard Engine 1

Investigation into these crimes has also revealed that the terrorist accused involved in this heinous crime used sophisticated Communication gadgetry and services to remain in constant touch/ contact with co-conspirators in Pakistan. During the course of these telephonic contacts, the terrorist accused received a continuous flow of operational and motivational inputs from foreign soil i.e. Pakistan. Following is the information to that effect.
Sr. No. Deceased Terrorist Place of offence Mobile no. through which contact established.
1 Hafiz Arshad alias Abdul Rehman Bada Hotel Taj Palace & Towers, P. Ramchandani Marg, Colaba, Mumbai

9910719424

9622588209

2 Javed alias Abu Ali As above

As above

3 Abu Shoaib As above

As above

4 Abu Umer As above

As above

5 Abdul Rehman Chotta alias Sakib The Oberoi Trident Hotel, Nariman Point, Mumbai

1. 9769679723

( Witness Mrs. Lisa Ringer’s mobile)

2. 9820704561

(Deceased Mrs. Rita Agrawal's mobile)

6 Fahadullah As above As above
7 Babar Imran alias Abu Aakasha Nariman House, Colabawadi, Shahid Bhagatsingh road, Colaba, Mumbai

9819464530

(Deceased Mr. Gabriage Harmbarg’s mobile)
8 Nasir alias Abu Umar As above As above


VII. Fake Identity Cards :

During the investigation of these offences, it has been revealed that the terrorists who had actually participated in the dastardly attacks in Mumbai at various locations had carried with them fake duplicate identity cards of Indian colleges to mislead the investigating agencies as to their true identities and nationality. The investigating agency has been successful in recovering some of these from the terrorists. The information about the seized bogus and misleading identity cards is as follows:
No. Name of the Terrorist Name on Bogus Identity Card Information on the Bogus Identity Card
1 Mohammad Ajmal Mohammad Amir Kasab alias Abu Mujahid (arrested) Samir Dinesh Chaudhari, 254 Teachers Colony, Nagarabhavi, Bangalore Arunodaya Degree And P.G. College
2 Ismail Khan alias Abu Ismail Naresh Vilas Varma

House No.28/B, Mamata Nagar, Nigol, Hyderabad
Arunodaya Degree and PG College,

Vedre Complex, Dilsukh Nagar, Hyderabad,

PIN CODE: 500 060.
3 Babar Imran alias Abu Akasha Arjunkumar Virakumar

13/2, S.K. Apartment, Indira Nagar, Hyderabad
Arunodaya Degree and PG College,

Vedre Complex, Dilsukh Nagar, Hyderabad,

PIN CODE: 500 060.
4 Nasir alias Abu Umar Dinesh Kumar Ravikumar

781, Huda Colony, Sarur Nagar, Hyderabad-35.
Arunodaya Degree and PG College,

Vedre Complex, Dilsukh Nagar, Hyderabad,

PIN CODE: 500 060.
5 Hafiz Arshad @ Abdul Rehman Bada Alias Hayaji Raghubir Singh Ranajit Singh

Plot No.673-4V, Elisbridge, Ahmedabad
Arunodaya Degree and PG College,

Vedre Complex, Dilsukh Nagar, Hyderabad,

PIN CODE: 500 060.
6 Abdul Rehman Chhota alias Sakib Arun Vikram Sharma

Plot No.36-A, Ganga Colony, Navi Delhi
Arunodaya Degree and PG College,

Vedre Complex, Dilsukh Nagar, Hyderabad,

PIN CODE: 500 060.
7 Fahad Ullah Rohit Dipak Patil

313 SK Apartments, Indira Nagar,

Vijay Nagar Colony, Hyderabad
Arunodaya Degree and PG College,

Vedre Complex, Dilsukh Nagar, Hyderabad,

PIN CODE: 500 060.

VIII. How the attacks were carried out :

Upon entering the Indian territorial waters and territory, the arrested accused terrorist Mohammad Ajmal Mohammad Aamir Kasab alias Abu Mujahid and the dead terrorist accused (1) Ismail Khan alias Abu Ismail (2) Imran Babar alias Abu Akash (3) Nasir Alias Abu Umar (4) Nazir Ahmad alias Abu Umar (5) Hafiz Arshad alias Abdul Rehman Bada alias Hayaji (6) Abdul Rehman Chota alias Sakib (7) Fahad Ulla (8) Javed alias Abu Ali (9) Shoaib alias Abu Shoeb have committed the following listed offences:

In the afternoon of 23rd November, 2008, arrested accused Mohammad Ajmal Mohammad Aamir Kasab alias Abu Mujahid, dead terrorist accused (1) Ismail Khan alias Abu Ismail (2) Imran Babar alias Abu Akash (3) Nasir Alias Abu Umar (4) Nazir Ahmad alias Abu Umar (5) Hafiz Arshad alias Abdul Rehman Bada alias Hayaji (6) Abdul Rehman Chota alias Sakib (7) Fahad Ulla (8) Javed alias Abu Ali (9) Shoaib alias Abu Shoheb, Mursheed, Aakib, Usman, Hakim Saab and other three unknown accused, with the help of criminal force, captured ‘M.V. Kuber’, a fishing trawler in the Jakhau area within the Indian territorial waters. Immediately, Mohammed Ajmal Mohammad Amir Kasab alias Abu Mujahid and other 9 Pakistani terrorists ( subsequently killed in the encounters with the Police and N.S.G Commandos) who were in the Pakistani/LeT boat ‘Al Husaini’, forcibly entered the Indian fishing trawler M.V. Kuber. Out of the 5 sailors on board M.V. Kuber, 4 sailors were taken into the Pakistani/LeT boat "Al Husaini" whilst the navigator (Tandel) of the M.V. Kuber viz. Amarsingh Solanki was forcibly kept on the Indian fishing trawler M.V. Kuber. Simultaneously, the terrorists also loaded their deadly consignment of AK-47 assault rifles, 7.62 mm pistols, hand grenades, RDX-laden IEDs, rubberized dinghy with out board engine, etc. and other material, from the Pakistani/ LeT boat "Al Husaini" to the Indian fishing trawler M.V. Kuber. The detailed planning also entailed the transfer of adequate diesel fuel from the Al-Husaini to M.V. Kuber to facilitate the further direct journey towards the destination Mumbai. On completion of this task, the seven Pakistani terrorists who were on board, the Pakistani/LeT "Al Husaini", left towards Pakistan along with the 4 sailors from the Indian fishing trawler M.V. Kuber. Thence, the 10 terrorists and the Captain (Tandel) of the Indian fishing trawler M.V. Kuber set sail towards Mumbai in the Indian trawler M.V. Kuber.

During this sea journey, the 10 trained terrorist accused on board M.V. Kuber were in constant contact with their handlers and co-conspirators in Pakistan through satellite phone. Similarly, they navigated the 582 nautical miles (approx) journey to Mumbai with the help of the G.P.S device which these 10 trained accused terrorists were carrying. This Indian fishing trawler M.V. Kuber reached approximately 4 to 5 nautical miles off the coast of Mumbai on 26th November 2008 at approximately 16.00 hours.

As per the instructions received earlier, these 10 accused terrorists contacted their Pakistani handlers/co-conspirators through the Satellite phone. It was then that the handlers/co-conspirators informed regarding the killings of the 4 Indian sailors of the fishing trawler M.V. Kuber. Taking a cue, the arrested accused Ajmal Kasab beheaded the navigator (Tandel) of the Indian fishing trawler viz Amarsingh Solanki by slitting his throat in an absolutely inhuman and ruthless manner, akin to a butcher slaughtering a helpless goat with a knife. The dead body was then placed in the engine room of the Indian fishing trawler M.V. Kuber. Whilst this cold-blooded murder was being committed, the trained terrorists with the assistance of a foot operated pump, inflated the rubberized dinghy which they had carried on board the M.V. Kuber. After hugging each other and praying for the success of their mission, these 10 accused terrorists boarded the rubberized dinghy and commenced the last leg of their journey to the Mumbai coast. As pre-determined, the rubberized dinghy reached the Mumbai shore at the Bhai Bhandarkar Machimar Colony opposite Badhwar Park Cuffe Parade at approximately 2030/2100 hrs of 26.11.2008. Again as per the plan and training, these terrorists divided themselves into "Buddy Pairs", five distinct pairs of two terrorists each. Thus, the highly trained and dangerously armed 10 terrorists separated and left for their pre-designated tasks/targets in Mumbai City.

Two terrorists viz. accused Fahadullah and Abdul Rehman Chhota alias Sakib, after the departure of their compatriots, sailed further towards Hotel Oberoi in the sea in the ultramodern rubberized dinghy. These two accused terrorists then landed at the shore across Hotel Oberoi along with firearms and ammunition similar to the other terrorists and proceeded towards Hotel Oberoi. Out of the accused terrorists who had landed at the Indian coast, off Bhai Bhandarkar Machimar Colony opposite Badhwar Park, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, 2 accused terrorists viz. Babar Imran alias Abu Aakasha and Nasir alias Abu Umar alongwith their firearms and ammunition walked towards Nariman House. The remaining 6 accused terrorists traversed to their pre-decided targets by hailing taxies.

Attack on C.S.T. Railway Station:

Arrested terrorist Mohammad Ajmal Mohammad Aamir Kasab alias Abu Mujahid and deceased terrorist accused Ismail Khan alias Abu Ismail arrived at C.S.T Railway Station in a motor taxi. Enroute this journey, terrorist accused Mohammad Ajmal Mohammad Aamir Kasab alias Abu Mujahid was seated on the rear seat of the taxi cab. Whilst his "buddy" Abu Ismail engaged the Taxi driver in conversation, accused Mohd. Ajmal Amir Kasab planted the RDX-laden IED which he had ferried himself, beneath the driver's seat. Subsequently, these two terrorist accused alighted from the motor taxi cab at C.S.T Railway Station. The terrorist accused Mohd. Ajmal Kasab, then entered the lavatory near the C.S.T Railway Station. Meanwhile, the terrorist accused Ismail Khan alias Abu Ismail planted the IED, which he was carrying with him, in the C.S.T Station premises. Thereafter, these two terrorist accused ruthlessly and indiscriminately commenced firing from the AK-47 assault rifles and lobbed deadly hand-grenades on the hapless and unsuspecting passengers waiting at the Main Hall resulting in the massacre of innocent ladies, senior citizens, children etc.

Continuing the blood bath, these two terrorist accused still firing indiscriminately and using the hand-grenades to deadly effect, attacked the Police officers, constables and the Home Guards who made a valiant attempt to nip their diabolic agenda. These two merciless terrorists then came towards the local line platforms and continued to fire indiscriminately. Being hounded by the valiant Police officers and personnel led by P.I. Shashank Shinde, these two terrorists were pushed out of the Railway Station premises on to the foot over bridge / pedestrian staircase adjoining platform No.1. Crossing over, whilst continuing to fire and lob hand-grenades, they entered the by-lane adjoining the Times of India Building and the Anjuman Islam School. Their attempts to open a locked private car from the parking lot did not bear fruit. Continuing their march forward, these two terrorists approached the entrance of the Cama Hospital. Enroute, they even fired at and killed an innocent bystander who was consuming his meal in a small hut along the side of the road. Their firing and killing spree continued unabated till they entered the Cama Hospital. At this location too, they fired indiscriminately and threw hand grenades on the Police party which had entered the Hospital premises to ensure the safety of the patients and Hospital doctors and staff. Undeterred, the terrorists killed a Police officer and constable in addition to seriously injuring other uniformed personnel. Taking advantage of the injuries sustained by the Police officer and men due to the firing from AK-47 rifles and the lobbying of hand-grenades, the two terrorists left the Cama Hospital Building and nonchalantly walked down Mahapalika Marg. Enroute they fired and killed a Police officer who was regulating the movement of public there. Entering Badruddin Tayabjee Lane, they fired at a Government vehicle which was passing through the Rang Bhavan lane and attempted to kill the driver of the said vehicle. Advancing towards the vehicle with the intention to hijack it, they, however, were forced to retrace their steps and seek cover behind a tree nearby as they noticed the approach of a Police vehicle towards the spot. Simultaneously, the senior ranked Police officers and one of the constables sitting in that vehicle commenced firing towards the terrorists on noticing their suspicious movements. The two terrorists retaliated by indiscriminately firing from their ultramodern AK-47 rifles killing the three senior Police officers and three Police constables seated in the Qualis vehicle and injuring a Police constable who lay prone on the rear seat of the Police vehicle. However, due to the firing by the brave and courageous Police officers viz Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salaskar and P.N. Arun Jadhav, the terrorist Mohd. Ajmal Kasab received injuries on both hands. Taking charge of the Qualis by throwing out the three high ranking Police officers, the terrorists attempted to remove the dead bodies of the constables from the rear seat. The rear door of the Qualis did not budge open, whereupon the two terrorists drove the Police Qualis towards the Metro Cinema square. They further fired indiscriminately from the Police vehicle at the unsuspecting crowd which had gathered at Metro Junction.

Two persons including a Policeman died in this firing. One bystander was seriously injured. Further, these two terrorist accused with the Police Qualis vehicle reached opposite Mittal Tower "B-Wing" near Usha Mehta Square, Barrister Rajani Patel Marg, Mumbai. During this journey, one rear tyre and tyre tube of the Qualis Police jeep, which was hijacked by two terrorist accused, developed a puncture and the vehicle started wobbling. Compelled to abandon the Police Qualis vehicle, the two terrorists then hijacked, through use of force and criminal intimidation, a Skoda car No. MH-02-JP-1276 which was traveling from the opposite direction. The driver and two other occupants of the Skoda car were forcibly evicted and the two terrorists then commenced their onward journey in this Skoda car.

As soon as the two terrorists abandoned the Police Qualis vehicle, the seriously injured Police Naik Arun Jadhav, who was lying helpless in the rear portion of the vehicle, picked up the wireless set installed in the Police vehicle and informed about the incident to the Police Control Room. Based on this information, the Police Control Room immediately flashed an alert wireless message to all Police vehicles and mobile vans of all Police Stations giving details of the terrorists’ movements in the hijacked vehicle. Acting promptly and displaying exemplary courage, a police party from the Dr. D.B. Marg Police Station reached opposite Café Ideal, below the pedestrian bridge, N.S. Purandare Marg, North Lane, Girgaum Chowpatty, Mumbai and organised roadblocks and a “Nakabandi”. This “Nakabandi” resulted in total stoppage of the traffic on the North-bound lane of the N.S. Purandare Marg.

As soon as the terrorist accused reached the “Nakabandi” point in the hijacked Skoda car, the police party ordered them to shut off the headlights of the car. However, the terrorists switched on the water spray on the wind- screen of the Skoda car with the intention to mislead the police party who were, thus, prevented from having a clear view of the occupants inside the car.

On realizing that there was no way out, the two terrorists attempted to turn around the Skoda car thereby crashing it on the road dividers. Instantly, the police party approached the vehicle of the terrorists. At that moment, terrorist accused Ismail Khan alias Abu Ismail started firing from his pistol towards the approaching police party. Simultaneously, terrorist accused Mohammad Ajmal Mohammad Aamir Kasab was approached by Asstt. Police Sub- Inspector Tukaram Ombale who grabbed the AK-47 nestled between the legs of Mohd. Ajmal Amir Kasab and simply refused to let go. The arrested terrorist, Mohd. Ajmal Amir Kasab then pulled the trigger of the AK-47, thereby killing the courageous Asstt. Police Sub- Inspector Tukaram Ombale on the spot. However, by his valiant act, Asstt. Police Sub- Inspector Tukaram Ombule provided vital seconds to other members of the present police team to rush to the vehicle and overpower and nab Mohd. Ajmal Amir Kasab. Due to this firing, Asstt. Police Sub- Inspector Tukaram Ombule died on the spot and another police officer API Sanjay Govilkar was wounded. On the opposite side, the police officers and men present retaliated to the firing done by the terrorist accused, Abu Ismail. In the ensuing fire, the Police team succeeded in grievously injuring Abu Ismail on the spot. Thereafter, the two terrorists were immediately moved to a hospital for treatment. Terrorist Ismail Khan alias Abu Ismail was declared dead before admission by the attending doctors at the Hospital, whereas terrorist accused Mohammad Ajmal Mohammad Kasab alias Abu Mujahid was admitted for treatment in the Hospital.

Terrorist accused Mohammad Ajmal Mohammad Aamir Kasab alias Abu Mujahid, whilst traveling between Badhwar Park to C.S.T. Railway Station, planted an IED laden with RDX weighing approximately 8 kgs in the taxi which exploded on the Western Express Highway opposite the City Swan Club, Vile Parle (East), Mumbai. This explosion was of such a high magnitude that not only was the taxi blasted to pieces, but the bodies of the taxi driver as well as a passenger who happened to be a lawyer by profession, were blown and thrown at some distance away from the spot of incident.

Attack on Nariman House :

Nariman House, a five storied building had been purchased two years ago by the Chabad of India Trust, an orthodox Jewish organization and renamed as Chabad House. The second "buddy" pair of terrorist accused viz Babar Imran alia Abu Akasha and Nasir alias Abu Umar who had landed at the Bhai Bhandarkar Machimar Colony opposite Badhwar Park, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai reached Nariman House, Colaba Wadi, Shaheed Bhagatsingh Road, Colaba, Mumbai, located at a distance of approximately 500 meters, by just walking. Before entering the targetted building, one of the terrorists planted a RDX-laden IED weighing approximately 8 to 10 kgs, which was in his possession, at a short distance away from the petrol pump at Shahid Bhagatsingh Road, Colaba, Mumbai. Also, on entering this building, the second terrorist planted another 8 to 10 kgs RDX-laden IED near the staircase at ground (parking) level area. Subsequently, both these RDX-laden IEDs exploded. Both these terrorists held some residents of the building as hostage and under the fear of dire consequences, compelled one of the Jewish hostages to speak to their Embassy on the phone. The two terrorists also repeatedly contacted their Co-conspirators in Pakistan and received operational and motivational inputs. These terrorists further contacted the media and misled them by citing reasons for their attacks with the intention of camouflaging their real and original intentions for the attacks. This conversation has been telecast by "India TV".

The terrorists, using their huge stockpile of illegal fire arms and hand grenades, not only opened fire inside the Nariman House, but also wantonly fired at the nearby building killing innocent residents there. A total of 8 people were killed including three helpless women. These terrorist accused also killed a National Security Guard (N.S.G.) Commando viz. Head Constable Gajendra Singh. In this attack, many peace loving and innocent citizens have also been injured.

Attack on Café Leopold & Hotel Taj Mahal:

Leopold Café, a watering hole, established in 1871 and frequented by foreigners as well as Indians is a known tourist spot. The third pair of terrorist accused viz. Abu Shoaib and Abu Umer who had landed on Indian soil at the Bhai Bhandarkar Macchimar Colony opposite Badhwar Park, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, reached their assigned target, Café Leopold located on S.B.S. Road, Colaba, Mumbai by hiring a motor taxi cab. Enroute this journey, one of the terrorist accused planted an approximately 8 kgs RDX laden I.E.D below the driver’s seat. These two terrorists then left the taxi near the Leopold Café and walked quietly to Café Leopold to begin their mindless indiscriminate shooting using Ak-47 assault rifles. They also lobbed hand grenades resulting in the death of 11 persons including two foreigners. Besides, a total of 28 persons including 9 foreign nationals have been injured seriously.

On completion of this mayhem, both these terrorists walked immediately towards the Hotel Taj Mahal located on P. Ramchandani Marg, Colaba, Mumbai. Enroute, one of the two terrorists planted an 8 to 10 kgs RDX laden I.E.D on the kerb near the Gokul Restaurant and Bar. Mumbai Police Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (B.D.D.S.) diffused the bomb just at the nick of time. Thus, considerable damage to life and property was averted. The RDX-laden IED planted by these two terrorists in the taxi motor cab, during their journey from Badhwar Park to Café Leopold, caused a massive explosion when the motor taxi cab reached opposite BPT, Mazgaon, Mumbai killing instantly the two lady passengers and the unsuspecting taxi driver. In addition, 19 innocent bystanders around that area suffered serious and minor wounds/injuries.

Attack on Hotel Taj Mahal :

Hotel Taj Mahal is a heritage building and an iconic structure constructed in 1903. The fourth "buddy" pair of terrorist accused viz. Hafiz Arshad alias Abdul Rehman Bada and Javed alias Abu Ali who had landed alongwith their terrorist teammates at Macchimar Colony, Badhwar Park, Cuffe Parade, Colaba, Mumbai reached the landmark Hotel Taj Palace and Towers, P. Ramchandani Marg, Colaba, Mumbai by motor taxi cab. Before entering the world famous Hotel both the terrorists planted a 8 to 10 kgs RDX laden I.E.D. near a chowky outside the main porch of the Taj Hotel. However, the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (B.D.D.S.) was successful in defusing this "carrier of death" before it could explode. Therefore, large -scale damage to human life and public property was averted. These two terrorists entered the Hotel Taj Mahal from the front/main gate entrance. Subsequently, this buddy pair of Abdul Rehman Bada and Abu Ali fired indiscriminately on the Indian and foreign Hotel guests who were present at that time. The two terrorists who had attacked the Café Leopold viz. Abu Sohaib and Abu Umar entered the Taj Hotel from the Northcote gate and began firing indiscriminately in and around the swimming pool area. Soon, the 4 assembled terrorists let loose a reign of terror, fear and mayhem in the entire hotel.

Thus, there were a total of four terrorists inside the Hotel Taj. All these four terrorists started moving on various floors of the Hotel Taj, firing indiscriminately and shooting at everything that moved. Soon, the Army columns and the Naval Commandos (MARCOS) were also requisitioned to assist the civilian police to repel the unprecedented terrorist attack. These four heavily armed terrorists not only fired indiscriminately with the AK-47 assault rifles but, time and again, gained an advantage due to their vantage location and use of hand grenades. They planted an RDX-laden IED weighing about 8 to 10 kgs on the 5th floor below the central dome. It exploded causing damage to the structure. They also set afire the sixth floor of this world famous heritage Hotel Taj. Throughout the terrorist operation, the terrorists were in regular contact with their co-conspirators/LeT operatives through use of sophisticated communication system and thereby continuously received operational and motivational inputs from foreign soil.

The National Security Guard Commandoes waged a bitter and grim battle for over 59 hours to control and subdue these highly trained and motivated terrorists. During the operation, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan from N.S.G. and a State Reserve Police Force Jawan Rahul Shinde had to lay down their lives. When the dust finally settled, a total of 36 guests including nine foreign nationals lost their lives. The death toll also included helpless women and children.

Attack on Hotel Trident and Oberoi Hotel:

The fifth pair of terrorist accused viz. Fahadullah and Abdul Rehman Chhota alias Sakib landed at the sea coast opposite Hotel Oberoi and Hotel Trident with the aid of the motorized rubber dinghy, after dropping off their compatriot terrorists at Macchimar Colony, Badhwar Park, Cuffe Parade, Colaba, Mumbai. Before entering the Hotel Trident, one of the terrorists planted a 8 to 10 kgs RDX-laden I.E.D. on the slope of the flowerbed adjacent to the Trident Hotel Main entrance Gate. Subsequently, this I.E.D. exploded. However, the damage was absolutely minimized by the B.D.D.S. placing a "Bomb Blanket" on this I.E.D.

Immediately on entering the Hotel, the terrorists commenced firing from their AK-47 rifles and lobbed hand-grenades. The initial "blitzkrieg" led to numerous innocent lives being lost at the Bell Desk, Reception counter, lobby, Tiffin Restaurant, etc. The terrorists also planted another 8 to 10 kgs RDX laden I.E.D. near the Tiffin Restaurant which subsequently exploded. As per the strategy adopted by the terrorists, they forcibly took hostages from the Kandahar Restaurant and went to the higher floors. From this vantage location they held the security forces at bay by firing intermittently from their A.K. 47 assault rifles and hurling the deadly hand-grenades to deter the latter from gaining any tactical advantage whatsoever. The terrorists, during the entire siege period, were in constant telephonic contact with the co-conspirators who provided them operational and motivational inputs. The terrorists also contacted a T.V. Channel and provided them misleading information with the objective of masking their true identities. After a bitter fight which lasted nearly 42 hrs., the Security forces ultimately succeeded in killing the two terrorists but not before 35 persons including 9 foreigners were killed and 24 guests (including 5 foreigners and 4 security personnel) received injuries.



IX. Misleading Messages :

During the investigation of these crimes, it is also observed and noticed that immediately when the 10 terrorist accused attacked the targetted sites in Mumbai, misleading messages were dispatched to various News channels by e-mail. The sole objective was to confuse the investigating agencies and to mislead the public. Enumerated below is the verbatim text of the concerned message:

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Drugs case: ATS submits chargesheet

C Unnikrishnan & Vijay V Singh I TNN
Mumbai: The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Tuesday submitted its chargesheet against IPS officer Saji Mohan, who was arrested this January allegedly with 12 kg of heroin. The chargesheet, however, is silent on a stringent Section of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, which attracts a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of 20 years.

The maximum punishment, instead, for the offences that Mohan has been booked under is 10 years and 20 years only in the case of repeat offenders (this is the first drug-related case against Mohan).

The chargesheet also named two accomplices, businessman Vicky Oberoi and suspended Haryana police constable Rajesh Kumar, for possession of drugs and conspiring to sell it.

Mohan was arrested on January 24 from Oshiwara and the ATS claimed to have recovered 12 kg
of heroin from him. Mohan had just got transferred to the Enforcement Directorate, Kochi, as the deputy director at that time.

ATS officials said his interrogation led to the recovery of a further 21 kg heroin from Oberoi’s Vasai residence.


Section 59 (2) of the NDPS Act, which provides for a minimum 10 years and a maximum 20 years in jail, relates to the “failure of authorised officers in their duty or their connivance in contravention of the provisions of the NDPS Act’’. “Saji Mohan was a police officer and, heading the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) at the time of the conspiracy, was liable to be
booked under that section,’’ IPS officer-turned-lawyer Y P Singh said.

But ATS chief K P Raghuvanshi justified the decision. “To invoke this particular section, we need permission from the central government. Our case was restricted to possession, sale and

transportation of drugs and, at the time of his arrest, he was not performing any official duty,’’ he explained.

A former NCB official, however, contradicted this. “Mohan still continues to be an enforcement officer. In this case, he was returning from Delhi where he attended an official training on his new responsibilities in the Enfor
cement Directorate. The ATS explanation is absurd,’’ he said.

The ATS arrested Oberoi and Kumar in Mumbai on January 17 and seized 1.8 kg of heroin from them. “Mohan was clueless about their arrest. He kept on speaking to them though the duo was in our custody. We had taken permission and recorded these conversations that proved Mohan’s role in the drug trade. This is a crucial piece of evidence,’’ an ATS official said.

But the ATS is still clueless about the origin of the heroin seized. “Mohan has not been cooperating with us. He keeps changing his statements. He had told us that he stole it while he was posted at the NCB,’’ the official added. But, during interrogation by NCB deputy director-general Om Prakash, Mohan reportedly said the drugs were stolen during his Chandigarh tenure.

Mohan’s lawyer, K Balakrishnan, asked for an English translation of the chargesheet on Tuesday. The court asked him to submit a written plea.

The Times of India, May 13, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

IM not involved in 2006 serial train bombings

Suspected Indian Mujahideen operative: Sadiq Israr Shaikh

Mateen Hafeez I TNN
Mumbai: In a major setback to the Mumbai crime branch, a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Monday discharged Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Sadiq Shaikh in the July 11, 2006, serial train blasts case.

On March 17, 2009, TOI had first reported about the ATS’s plan to file an application in the court for Sadiq’s discharge. TOI was also the first to report that in the forensic tests carried out on Sadiq, he said he was not lying about his non-involvement in the train explosions.


Sadiq (31), an electrician from Trombay, was arrested by the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) on February 20 this year and booked in the 7/11 train bombings case; 188 people were killed in the blasts.

The ATS filed an application in court and said it had not found evidence to believe that the IM was responsible for the train blasts. The move will, however, leave the crime branch—which has been claiming otherwise—red-faced.

Judge Y D Shinde discharged Sadiq and informed him about the status of the case. “We thoroughly questioned Sadiq in connection with the train blasts and even subjected him to polygraph and brain-mapping tests. As nowhere was it established that he had any link with the train blasts, we filed an application in the court asking it to discharge him from this case,’’ said Param Bir Singh, ATS addi
tional commissioner of police.

Sadiq was first arrested by the crime branch in September last year along with 20 other suspected operatives of IM for sending terror emails before and after the Ahmedabad and New Delhi blasts. The crime branch had claimed that
during interrogation, Sadiq revealed his involvement in the train blasts.

This came as a shock to the ATS as it had arrested 13 suspected Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) members in the case and filed a 11,000-page chargesheet against them in 2006.


The crime branch had claimed that the bombs for the blasts were manufactured in a Sewri flat and the RDX was procured by an IM operative, Riyaz Bhatkal. However, the ATS is sticking to its old theory that the bombs were assembled at a 100-sq-ft flat in Govandi and not in Sewri.

Moreover, the ATS said the RDX was procured by a Pakistani, Ehsanullah, who had entered India along with 10 accomplices from that country.

The Times of India, May 12, 2009

BSE threat probe: Cops return from Bihar

Mateen Hafeez I TNN
Mumbai: Mumbai: The police probe into the email threatening to blow up the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE) does not seem to have much progress in cracking the case. The IP address of the email was traced to Patna, Bihar.

A cyber crime investigation cell (CCIC) team that reached Patna on May 5 returned to
the city last week. The police team, comprising an officer and two constables, flew to Patna on May 5 and went to a cyber cafe where the email originated.

The cyber cafe had five computers. “The cafe owner did not maintain a log book. He did not ask for proof of identity, neither
were CCTV cameras installed there,’’ said an officer. “The police recorded the owner’s - ment and asked him to be alert so that he could identify the sender if he comes there again,’’ he added. The police retrieved the hard disc of the computer purportedly used to send the email.

“Our team has returned from Patna and we are exploring all the angles. We would not like to disclose the progress
of our probe,’’ said crime branch chief Rakesh Maria.

The email reached BSE’s administrative ID around 10.44 am on May 4. It was sent by one Shahab Md. The user had created the ID just four minutes prior to sending the email.

The Times of India, May 12, 2009

IM not involved in 2006 serial train bombings

Indian Mujahideen's suspected memebr, Sadiq Shaikh

Mateen Hafeez I TNN

Mumbai: In a major setback to the Mumbai crime branch, a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Monday discharged Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Sadiq Shaikh in the July 11, 2006, serial train blasts case.

On March 17, 2009, TOI had first reported about the ATS’s plan to file an application in the court for Sadiq’s discharge. TOI was also the first to report that in the forensic tests carried out on Sadiq, he said he was not lying about his non-involvement in the train explosions.


Sadiq (31), an electrician from Trombay, was arrested by the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) on February 20 this year and booked in the 7/11 train bombings case; 188 people were killed in the blasts.

The ATS filed an application in court and said it had not found evidence to believe that the IM was responsible for the train blasts. The move will, however, leave the crime branch—which has been claiming otherwise—red-faced.

Judge Y D Shinde discharged Sadiq and informed him about the status of the case. “We thoroughly questioned Sadiq in connection with the train blasts and even subjected him to polygraph and brain-mapping tests. As nowhere was it established that he had any link with the train blasts, we filed an application in the court asking it to discharge him from this case,’’ said Param Bir Singh, ATS addi
tional commissioner of police.

Sadiq was first arrested by the crime branch in September last year along with 20 other suspected operatives of IM for sending terror emails before and after the Ahmedabad and New Delhi blasts. The crime branch had claimed that
during interrogation, Sadiq revealed his involvement in the train blasts.

This came as a shock to the ATS as it had arrested 13 suspected Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) members in the case and filed a 11,000-page chargesheet against them in 2006.


The crime branch had claimed that the bombs for the blasts were manufactured in a Sewri flat and the RDX was procured by an IM operative, Riyaz Bhatkal. However, the ATS is sticking to its old theory that the bombs were assembled at a 100-sq-ft flat in Govandi and not in Sewri.

Moreover, the ATS said the RDX was procured by a Pakistani, Ehsanullah, who had entered India along with 10 accomplices from that country.

The Times of India, May 12, 1009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Suicide attempt, say police, but CCI chief’s kin disagree

Cricket Club of Inida's chief executive officer Kamaljit Rajpal

Mateen Hafeez I TNN
Mumbai: A day after Cricket Club of India (CCI) CEO Kamaljeet Rajpal was admitted to hospital with a gunshot, the police said he had attempted suicide. His family, however, claimed that the gun went off accidentally while it was being cleaned, a senior officer told TOI.

The Cuffe Parade police on Saturday recorded the statements of Rajpal’s wife, Rita, son Survir and daughter Mrinalani.
The bullet went through his mouth towards the head, causing damage to the skull. Doctors at Bombay Hospital said he was operated upon on Friday night and his condition (53) was critical. Rajpal was facing a case of sending obscene email to a woman member of the CCI.

“We got an emergency police register report from Bombay Hospital around 8.30 pm on Friday, informing about Rajpal’s injuries. We went to the hospital and he was being operated upon. A team conducted a panchnama at Rajpal’s ninthfloor flat in Venus building, Cuffe Parade, and took his country-made revolver in custody,’’ said inspector Vilas Bhole.

The police said the incident occurred around 6.30 pm, shortly after Rajpal returned from the sessions court. “His wife Rita told in the statement that
Rajpal went into his study and soon after they heard a gunshot and screams. She, along with her son Survir and daughter Mrinalini, rushed to the study and found Rajpal in a pool of blood. The three family members said Rajpal was cleaning his licensed revolver when they heard the gunshot,’’ Bhole said.

However, an officer said, “If he was cleaning the revolver, there should have been a piece of cloth lying around. We did not find anything. It seems to
be a suicide attempt but we are yet to establish it.”

The police have not registered any case so far. “If it is established that it was an accident, we will not register any case. But if we find that he
attempted suicide, then a case will be registered against Rajpal,’’ the officer said. No suicide note has been found.

Rajpal’s 7.65-bore revolver was loaded at the time of the incident. “He had one bullet injury in the head. There were seven more bullets in the revolver. Besides, 17 bullets found in the flat have been seized,’’ said senior inspector Dhanraj Vanjari.

“The surgery went off well,” said neurosurgeon Keki Turel. Rajpal is currently in the intensive care unit and is likely to be kept under observation for the next four days.

Times of India, May 10, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

They won't let you quit!



Sale season, that new Blackberry or even a holiday in France, you want it all! So you're planning to wait around until the end of the financial year for that much deserved raise and bonus. Well darlin', given the current recession scenario, the chances of a fat (ter) pay check are super low.
Disappointed? Think quitting is the answer? You may drop in your papers but be ready for a tempting offer from HR which will make you change your mind.

Don't believe us? Read on to find out the steps your company will take to keep you coming into work.

Indispensability quotient

Assessing 'key critical areas' (read: how indispensable you are to the company) is the first step that your superiors and HR manager would take.

"We identify if an employee's cost of replacement is high, how much time and effort was invested in training that individual. We also identify how she is important in achieving an organisation's goals," says Pallavi Lawlekar, HR manager at a leading MNC.

Time please!

If you are absolutely keen on leaving your existing work place in the hope that your future job will assure you a hefty salary, then you will be given adequate time to re-think your decision.

"We try to explain to the employee that the future cost-to-company (C2C) will not be as much as his existing C2C, thanks to the recession," says Yanjana Thuain, HR manager in a financial broking firm. She adds that the individual is also given time to understand the real-world situation.

Free advice

Expect this for sure. Everyone, from your boss, to your colleagues and the HR manager will spout words of wisdom. While some of your colleagues will encourage you to leave, just so you are out of their way, your true friends will say, 'how much they will miss you'. Your boss will all of a sudden find you an 'asset'.

"When I threatened to quit, my boss and HR manager sat me down and explained to me how in the next few years, I could be heading an entire team and why I had bright prospects in that organisation," says Rucha Cherodian, an advertising executive.

Take a hike

This is the most obvious solution. If you are unhappy with your current salary and designation and are contemplating to quit, then you are sure to get a shot in the arm. The catch is - you need to be in your boss's good books and equally good at your work for that much-desired hike.

"If a person is deserving and an asset to the organisation, then his designation can be changed. Not only that, in most cases, we give him more responsibility as an additional benefit, so that he feels he's needed in the firm," says Thuain .

Perk it up

If you are thinking of quitting simply because you are not enjoying your job, then you might be suggested an employee referral programme. This includes an opportunity where you can rope in your friends or acquaintances in the same company and get a rise in your salary.

If you are lucky, your boss might also send you on a foreign trip where you can forget your 'sorrows'.

"I was tired of my job. All of a sudden, my boss sent me on a junket (an all-expenses paid trip) abroad. I was ecstatic," says 23-year-old Deepali Shah, a media professional.

So, this time around when you threaten to quit, just give into temptation instead!

Threat email: Police slap cyber-terrorism charges

Mateen Hafeez I TNN
Mumbai: The police have registered a case of ‘cyber terrorism’—the first in the state since an amendment to the Information Technology Act—where a threat email was sent to the BSE and NSE on Monday. The maximum punishment for cyber terrorism is life imprisonment.
The IT Act was amended on February 5 this year when the
law on cyber terrorism was introduced. Prior to that, offenders were booked only for hacking. The MRA Marg police and the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell are jointly probing the case. The suspect has been detained in this case.

The police said an email challenging the security agencies to prevent a terror attack was sent by one Shahab Md with an ID sh.itaiyeb125@yahoo.in to BSE’s administrative email ID corp.relations@bseindia.com at around 10.44 am on Monday. The IP address of the
sender has been traced to Patna in Bihar. The ISP is Sify. The email ID was created just four minutes before the email was sent. “The sender had, while creating the new ID, given two mobile numbers in the personal details column. Both the numbers belong to a photo frame-maker in Patna,’’ said an officer. The email was written in English.

The MRA Marg police have registered forgery for purpose of cheating, criminal intimidation cases under the IPC and a cyber-terrorism case under the IT Act.

The Times of India, May 6, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Email warns of terror attack on BSE, NSE

IN FOCUS: The email was sent to the BSE’s administrative ID

Internet Protocol Address Traced To Bihar

Mateen Hafeez I TNN
Mumbai: A threat email challenging security agencies to prevent a terror attack was received by the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday morning. The email sender stated that the Pakistan-based terror outfit, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), was planning a terror strike at the BSE and the National Stock Exchange (NSE).

The Internet Protocol (IP) address of the sender has been traced to Patna in Bihar. According to the police, the email was received at the BSE’s administrative ID, corp.relations@bseindia.com, around 10.44 am on Monday.

“The email was sent by one Shahab Md with an ID, sh.itaiyeb125@yahoo.in, and the user was in Patna at the time of sending the threat mail,’’ said an officer.

The email, written in English, said, “Around 10 terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Taiyeba have planned to strike BSE & NSE around 12.55 hours today.’’ The mail warned the security agencies and further stated, “We dare Indian forces to prevent us from doing so. Moreover, five terrorists have already entered the premises at 10 am. Yours most faithfully.’’

Officers probing the case said it could be a prank mail. “However, we cannot take chances and a case has been registered with the MRA Marg police,’’ said an officer.

“The cyber crime investigation cell (CCIC) is carrying out a parallel investigation in the case. “We will trace the accused soon,’’ said crime branch joint commissioner
of police Rakesh Maria.

There have been a series of mails since the 26/11 carnage when 10 Pakistani terrorists entered Mumbai via the
sea route and went on a killing spree. While nine terrorists were killed in a threeday long gun battle, a 21-yearold gunman, Ajmal Kasab, was captured alive.

This is the four threat mail in the last month. The first two mails were sent to a fivestar hotel while the third one was sent to Air India threatening to blow up the airport.

Later, a mail was sent to a news channel threatening to carry out blasts during the Lok Sabha elections.

THREAT TALK
Around 10 terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Taiba have planned to strike BSE & NSE around 12.55 hours today
We dare Indian forces to prevent us from doing so. Moreover, five terrorists have already entered the premises at 10 am. Yours most faithfully.

The Times of India, May 5, 2009