Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections

Search:



The Web

India Abroad




Newsletters
Sign up today!

Get news updates:
  


Home > India > News > Report

   Email   |      Print   |   Get latest news on your desktop

Getting the accent right is key to Lashkar ops

Vicky Nanjappa | December 22, 2008 13:12 IST

Related Articles
'Terrorists wanted to attack Mumbai airport'
26/11 attacks launched from Pakistan: Sabahuddin
No Islamic burial for Mumbai terrorists
Why the terrorists delayed the attacks
Mullah Omar's designs on India
How Lashkar's terrorists are tech savvy
'Let us buy out Pakistan's N-arsenal'
Why IB has its eyes on Rahil Sheikh
Why there could be a surge in jihadi terrorism
Coverage: Terror attacks in Mumbai
A course in accent training is something usually associated with Business Processing Outsourcing. However, investigations have now revealed that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba [Images] has been imparting accent training too to potential terrorists.

Intelligence Bureau officials say the interrogation of Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin -- the two alleged Lashkar terrorists arrested for their role in the attack on the Central Reserve Police Force camp in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh [Images], in January -- have revealed that the Mumbai attackers also underwent training in Indian accents. The idea behind imparting such training to the terrorists is to ensure that nobody doubted their origins when they spoke.

Investigators say terrorists coming in from Pakistan usually have pronounced Punjabi/Sindhi accents. Once they arrive in India they are required to take shelter for a couple of days before launching an attack. During this period it is necessary that they conceal their identities and not provoke suspicion.

Sabahuddin told Mumbai Anti Terrorist Squad investigators -- in whose custody he is currently -- that a group of Indians impart accent training at the Lashkar terror camps. Ansari, who hails from Mumbai, also imparted accent training for several days, teaching likely terrorists how to speak Hindi the way it is spoken in Mumbai.

Sabahuddin says he imparted such training to several terrorists at the Lashkar camps.

Accent [Images] training lasts at least a fortnight. The terrorists are also taught how to behave after they arrive in India. Sabahuddin said there is a lot of difference in the way Pakistanis behave when compared to the Indian manner.

When terrorists like Ansari and Sabahuddin are required to stay undercover for a long period of time, they even take up employment.





   Email   |      Print   |   Get latest news on your desktop

Advertisement
Advertisement