Mumbai, Feb 18: The 2008 Mumbai terror strikes that took place on 26/11 were originally planned for September 27 that year and the Lashkar-e-Taiba wanted terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab, who was the only one to be nabbed alive, was supposed to have a Hindu identity. Moreover, the absconder Indian mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar had plans to eliminate him.
These sensational revelations have come in the high-profile ex-Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria’s book “Let Me Say It Now”, released here on Monday.
According to Maria, the LeT wanted him to be killed as a Bengaluru resident “Samir Dinesh Chaudhari”, with a red thread tied around his wrist to portray the attack as a case of “Hindu Terror”.
However, that plan did not work out and the police nabbed Ajmal Amir Kasab, who was from Faridkot in Pakistan.
The attacks were originally planned for September 27, 2008, which was the 27th day of Ramadan fasting, but for reasons Maria has not specified, it was postponed to finally happen after two months, on November 26 that year.
Maria also revealed that the fugitive mafia don, Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar — who is a wanted accused in the March 1993 Mumbai serial attacks — had ironically been assigned the task of killing Kasab with the help of LeT and Pakistan’s ISI. This would ostensibly erase the only living evidence of their heinous act. Both the cases (1993 and 2008) were investigated by the former Mumbai ex-top cop. Accordingly, Maria said it became his “first priority” to ensure Kasab’s safety, particularly in view of perceptible anger and hostility among the Mumbai Police personnel, besides the external threats. IANS).