Police submit draft charges against Ansari
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Around 18 months after his arrest in Delhi, the Mumbai police crime branch Friday submitted to a sessions court 22 draft charges against alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba operative Zabiuddin Sayed Zakiuddin Ansari for abetting the 26/11 terror attacks that claimed 166 lives in 2008.
The draft charges filed before additional sessions judge G A Sanap include charges of abetting a criminal conspiracy hatched in order to "attack national integrity of India and/or capturing Kashmir by attacking major cities in India."
Police said Ansari, who was stationed in the "control room situated outside India for achieving the objectives of criminal conspiracy," was also part of the conspiracy hatched by the convicted (later executed) accused Ajmal Kasab, the nine attackers who were killed by Indian combat forces during the 60-hour siege that started on November 26, 2008 and the wanted accused in the case.
Police have pressed the serious charge of waging or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war against the government of India under section 121 and 121-A of the IPC.
The prosecution said Ansari was involved in the conspiracy hatched between December, 2007, and November, 2008, at Baitul Mujahid, Muridke in Pakistan and collected men, arms and ammunition such as RDX-laden IEDs, hand grenades and AK-47 rifles for waging war against India.
The draft charges also include section 302 of the IPC for committing 166 murders at Hotel Taj, Hotel Trident, Nariman House, CST, Leopold Cafe, Cama And Albless Hospital and Nariman House. The draft charges also include sections of the the unlawful activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, Explosive Substances Act, 1908, Damage to Public Property Act, 1984.
For being party to the conspiracy to carry out an attack at CST, causing 52 deaths, police said Ansari should also be tried under sections of Railways Act, 1989.