LeT Making Recruits Learn From Kasab's Mistakes

Srinagar/New Delhi
LeT Making Recruits Learn From Kasab's Mistakes

A special "Kasab class" is part of Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)'s training module for its new recruits during which they are told about the mistakes committed by Ajmal Kasab during the deadly Mumbai terror attack.

This emerged during interrogation of LeT terrorist Mohd Naveed Jutt alias Abu Hanzala, a resident of Multan in Pakistan, who was arrested by police in the third week of last month in South Kashmir, according to official sources.

Giving details of his background, Jutt told interrogators that his father was a retired army driver and he, along with his brothers, was part of madrassas which were owned by Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a front for LeT, the sources said.

Jutt is the first Lashkar terrorist who has said during interrogation that he had met Kasab, the Pakistani terrorist hanged in November 2012 after being sentenced to death for his role in the 2008 Mumbai carnage.

Accused of killing many policemen in South Kashmir, Jutt is reported to have said that he was part of Borevalla Sahiwala camp of LeT in Multan district of Punjab where he had met Kasab, whose father was a butcher at the same madrassa (religious school).

He recalled Kasab as having been reserved during his brief interaction, which came months before the Mumbai attack.

Jutt is reported to have told his interrogators that the LeT bosses gave a video presentation to the new recruits in which there is graphic description of his mistakes during "Daura-e-Sufa" (training cadre for religious indoctrination) at Maksar Aksar Camp in 2009, the sources said.

Among the mistakes which were pointed out by LeT in its presentation was the inability of Kasab and his team to destroy the boat that carried them to the Mumbai coast, speaking on satellite phones with real identities, inability to take any hostages and getting arrested, the sources said.

A Class V dropout, Jutt entered Kashmir through Keran in North Kashmir in October 2012. He shifted to South Kashmir after spending the winter of 2013 in the Dachigam forest along with 21 terrorists of LeT.

He claimed he was tasked with carrying out sensational killings of policemen and central paramilitary forces, sources said, adding that he was allegedly involved in the killing of one police officer at Pulwama in May 2013.

He is also alleged to have been involved in an attack on an army camp in June 2013 and in attacks on police patrol parties in Tral, Shopian, Kulgam -- all in South Kashmir.

The accused had also planned the assassination of ruling National Conference MLC from Wachi, Showkat Ganaie, in South Kashmir but the plan had to be aborted because of heavy police presence, the sources said.

This year, before his arrest, Jutt was involved in the case involving firing inside Pulwama court complex and an attack on a polling party on April 24, 2014.

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