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'Kasab and Ismail had plans to target the Raj Bhavan'

April 20, 2009 16:35 IST
The lone surviving gunman Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab and slain Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative Ismail Khan had planned to strike Raj Bhavan but could not succeed as they were overpowered by the police at Chowpatty enroute to Malabar Hill, the prosecution said on Monday.

A map which showed locations such as Chowpatty, Malabar Hill and Raj Bhavan was recovered from Ismail's pocket, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told a special court in Mumbai.

This was the same map allegedly made by arrested accused Faheem Ansari for the conspirators. The map was given to a handwriting expert who said it was prepared by Faheem, the prosecutor said.

Only Ismail alias Ismail Abu knew the target at Malabar hill and had told Kasab that he would reveal it when they reached there. Both had stolen a Skoda car and were driving towards Malabar hill when an encounter broke out with police at Chowpatty.

Ismail was killed and Kasab was captured alive, Nikam said. Although Kasab's confession does not talk about their plans to strike the Raj Bhavan, the place was marked prominently in brackets on the map seized from Ismail's pocket after he was killed. This indicated that Raj Bhavan was a potential target, Nikam told judge M L Tahilyani.

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