Four years after the 26/11 terror attacks in which 166 persons were killed and hundreds were injured, 47 persons wanted in connection with the carnage are still at large.
Ten Pakistani terrorists — Ismail Khan alias Abu Ismail, Imran Babar alias Abu Aakasha, Nasir alias Abu Umar, Nazir Ahmad alias Abu Umer, Hafiz Arshad alias Abdul Rehman Bada alias Hayaji, Abdul Rehman Chhota alias Saakib, Fahad Ullah, Javed alias Abu Ali, Shoaib alias Abu Shoheb and Mohammad Ajmal Mohammad Amir Kasab alias Abu Mujahid — had wreaked havoc in South Mumbai on November 26, 2008.
Of the 10, the Indian security forces managed to gun down nine terrorists. Kasab was captured alive and taken in for interrogation. “Kasab spilled the beans on various aspects of the case, including the people involved and the training provided to him. Through our investigation, several names of Pakistani nationals involved in the conspiracy came up, but they could not be arrested as they are on foreign soil,” said an officer involved in the 26/11 investigation, adding that unless the Pakistani government takes some fruitful steps, these persons will never be punished.
“Even after a dossier of names and details about the case was handed over to the Pakistani authorities, they took action only against a handful of people. The action they took, too, was nothing more than a farce. This claim was corroborated by Abu Jundal, who was arrested a few months ago,” said a senior officer from the security establishment.
He added that Jundal had told the investigators that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of Pakistan had intimated the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) about a possible crackdown on their camps by the agency due to mounting pressure by the government. The LeT had vacated their camps till the time FIA conducted its raid.