Ten spots from south Mumbai were marked on one of the five Global Positioning Systems (GPS) recovered from slain 26/11 attackers, revealed a forensic expert from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States of America who deposed before the special court on Wednesday.
The FBI forensic expert has given only longitudinal and latitudinal locations of these spots in his 60-page report submitted to the court as he is unfamiliar with the city’s geography. So, the exact locations of these spots are unknown.
Special prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said another FBI sleuth, expected to depose before the court of judge M.L. Taheliyani on Tuesday, would give details about these spots.
This is the first time that an FBI agent has testified before an Indian court although the US federal agency has participated in investigations into some cases in India in the past.
The forensic expert, who specialises in retrieving data from hand-held electronic devices, had examined five GPS devices and a satellite phone. The devices were recovered from the nine slain 26/11 attackers.
The attack, followed by a 60-hour siege, claimed 173 lives.
The witness, whose testimony established that the 26/11 attackers had reached Mumbai using the sea route, informed the court that data from two GPS devices having volatile memory could not be retrieved as their batteries were completely discharged.
He said two of the remaining three GPS sets had registered last Track Back Routes — the route on which their users had travelled — connecting waypoints between Karachi and Mumbai by sea.
The FBI agent, who became the 152nd prosecution witness to depose in court, also gave details of calls registered on the satellite phone. He said one missed call, two incoming calls and five dialled calls were registered in the phone’s call log.
He said he also found four numbers in the phone book of the instrument. Nikam said the next FBI sleuth deposing before the court would also shed some light on these four numbers.