Another witness identifies alleged map-maker
Fahim Ansari, the alleged Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative who drew maps of roads to vital installations in the city, was identified again on Wednesday.india Updated: Jun 04, 2009 01:07 IST
Fahim Ansari, the alleged Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative who drew maps of roads to vital installations in the city, was identified again on Wednesday.
Shantabai Bhosale (60), whose Byculla home Ansari rented in December 2007, identified him.
Bhosale testified that Fahim had stayed in her house for about a month.
Three prosecution witnesses have already identified Ansari as the one who had enrolled for a software course at an institute in Fort, under the assumed name of Sahil Pawaskar. “He is the one in the middle,” Bhosale said, pointing to Ansari.
Ansari was flanked by Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the attacker captured alive during the 26/11 attack, and Sabauddin Ahmed, the alleged conduit between Ansari and his LeT bosses in Pakistan.
Special Judge M.L. Tahiliyani also recorded the deposition of another prosecution witness, Gorakh Nalawade. The Mumbai Port Trust employee was present when the police conducted a panchnama of fishing trawler, MV Kuber, which the 26/11 attackers allegedly hijacked to reach Mumbai.
Nalawade told the court that 129 items — like clothes, jackets, woolen blankets, toothpaste, toothbrushes, washing powder packets, most of them made in Pakistan — were found on the trawler.
Special Public Prosecutor Ujwal Nikam casually asked Kasab if he recognised the objects. Kasab, however, shook his head with a laugh, indicating he did not.