One of the terrorists killed in the Mumbai attacks had been drinking, it emerged today.
Police confirmed that alcohol was found in the blood sample of Abu Ali, who was killed during the terror attack on the Taj Mahal hotel.
Ali, who police say is from Pakistan, had entered the Taj from the front entrance with two other terrorists. The blood samples of other eight gunmen showed no traces of alcohol.
Police also confirmed that none of them had taken drugs. There had been speculation that the terrorists stayed awake for three days and nights – time taken to travel from Pakistani to Mumbai and during attacks – with the aid of stimulants.
Meanwhile the trial of the lone surviving terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Kasab was told he was trained to act. Apart from obtaining lessons in arms and ammunition he was also taught how to act unconscious when police approached, public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said.
“Ajmal is a good actor and has undergone training to act unconscious when he encounters policemen,” Mr Nikam added.
In another turn to the Mumbai attacks investigation the wife of a top policeman killed during the attacks has accused senior police officials of lapses during the combat operation.
Vinita, wife of Ashok Kamte, has opposed the clean bill of health given to the Mumbai police for their response during the attacks.
“All the officers who had not performed their duties will continue occupying their office. The government is supporting their cowardice while my husband, who had no business to be on the spot in the first place, gave his life for the nation,” she said.
The terror strikes in Mumbai on November 26 last year killed 183 people and wounded over 700 others.