Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving 26/11 terrorist, claims his father sold him to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba for a few hundred thousand rupees as the family was "poor" and he felt that by joining the group, his son can have a "good life".
A tape of Kasab's interrogation, recorded moments after his capture, was part of an HBO documentary 'Terror in Mumbai' to be aired on the channel on November 19, ahead of the first anniversary of the horrific attacks that claimed 183 lives.
A preview of the film, which features exclusive audio tapes of the intercepted phone calls between the gunmen and their controllers in Pakistan, and testimony from Kasab, was aired yesterday in the GPS programme of Fareed Zakaria, who is its narrator and snippets were reported in the US newspapers.
One of the tapes of Kasab's interrogation deals with how he joined the feared terror group. The 22-year-old said his father, a snack vendor, sold him to LeT.
He said, "These people make loads of money, and so will you. You don't have to do anything difficult. We'll have money. We won't be poor anymore. Your brother and sister can get married. Look, son, look at these guys living the good life," Kasab said, according to a report in the New York Post.
Asked by the police how much he was paid, Kasab said, "They gave it to my dad... Maybe a few hundred thousand."
The interrogator asked: "Did you ever ask, 'Won't I feel pity for the people I'm killing?" Kasab said: "I did, but he said you have to do these things if you're going to be a big man and get rewarded in heaven."
One of the tapes reveals a conversation between a terrorist named Fahadullah and the handler in Pakistan.
"Be brave, brother. Don't panic. For your mission to end successfully, you must be killed. God is waiting for you in heaven," the controller said.
It also cites the handler as saying: "Give the government the ultimatum. Say, 'This was just the trailer. Just wait till you see the rest of the film. This is just a small example'."
"Much as the 9/11 attacks in the US did in 2001, the events that unfolded last November in Mumbai served as a terrifying wake-up call, not just to India but to the rest of the world," says Zakaria in a preview put up at GPS website.
"The fact that a small group of gunmen was able to inflict so much pain, and the government of the second most populous nation on earth was unable to stop them for three days, should change our sense of the dangers out there."
"One of the most disturbing facets of this story is how easily such low-tech attacks could be duplicated anywhere, including the US," says director Dan Reed.
Reed is a UK-born television and film writer, producer and director whose credits include HBO's "Terror in Moscow," which details the 2002 ordeal in which Chechen terrorists took more than 700 people hostage in a Moscow theatre, and for which Reed shared a nomination for a BAFTA TV Award in the Best Current Affairs category.
My Father Sold Me to LeT for Money: Kasab
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