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The prosecution has accused the leading suspect in the Mumbai (Bombay) attacks of killing 166 people as his trial formally began.
The trial is of surviving suspected gunman, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab, and two alleged Indian accomplices.
Prosecutor Ujwal Nikam said this was a conspiracy hatched in Pakistan to wage war on India by attacking multiple cities and claim Kashmir.
Mr Qasab, 21, is charged with murder and waging war on India. He faces the death penalty if convicted.
He said the gunmen had training from "intelligence professionals" but did not mention Pakistan by name.
India has accused Pakistan-based fighters from Lashkar-e-Taiba of carrying out the attacks. Pakistan has admitted they were partly planned on its soil.
This case has generated huge interest in India, whose citizens were outraged by what they saw as the inability of their leaders to protect them in November.
India's government is under pressure to deliver results in the case, especially with the first phase of voting in the country's general elections getting under way on Thursday.
The leading suspect in the Mumbai (Bombay) attacks trial has retracted his confession.
The lawyer for the sole surviving suspected gunman, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab, said it was extracted through coercion and force.
The prosecution had read out parts of his confession as the trial began and accused him of killing 166 people.