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Court to view CCTV footage of Kasab's terror act

A special court, hearing the 26/11 terror attacks, will view on Thursday a CCTV footage which shows Pakistani gunman Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab and slain terrorist Abu Ismael firing from AK-47 rifles and lobbing hand grenades outside Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway terminus (CST) last year.

india Updated: Jul 15, 2009 21:25 IST

A special court, hearing the 26/11 terror attacks, will view on Thursday a CCTV footage which shows Pakistani gunman Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab and slain terrorist Abu Ismael firing from AK-47 rifles and lobbing hand grenades outside Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway terminus (CST) last year.

"This is crucial piece of evidence which shows arrested gunman Kasab and Ismael committing terror acts," special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said.

The CCTV cameras, installed at The Times of India building opposite CST, had captured Kasab and Ismael firing and lobbing hand grenades while getting down a foot-over-bridge on way to Cama hospital on the fateful day.

The court had yesterday rejected Kasab's demand for a compact disc (CD) of the CCTV footage, saying it would serve no purpose as he did not have a CD player in the jail.

Prosecutor Nikam said the film would corroborate the evidence of eye witnesses on the terror crime perpetrated by Kasab and his accomplice.

Kasab's lawyer Abbas Kazmi said no purpose would be served as showing the film in the court would amount to "trial by the media". Also, the witness who had prepared the CD has been examined by the court, he said.

The judge, M L Tahaliyani, however, felt that it was necessary to view the CD film in the court in the presence of the concerned witness so that he can testify that it is the copy of the original.