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Karachi firm imported dinghy motor

The outboard motor attached to the inflatable dinghy used by the attackers on November 26, 2008, was exported by Yamaha Motor Corporation, Japan, to a Karachi firm.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2009 01:04 IST
HT Correspondent

The outboard motor attached to the inflatable dinghy used by the attackers on November 26, 2008, was exported by Yamaha Motor Corporation, Japan, to a Karachi firm.

This was revealed on Thursday by a representative of the company, who deposed before the special court of judge M.L. Taheliyani, via video conferencing, from Los Angeles.

Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab (21), the sole surviving attacker, and his nine slain accomplices had used the inflatable dinghy to reach Badhwar Park in Colaba. Before reaching Mumbai shores, they abandoned the hijacked fishing trawler MV Kuber in the sea.

The witness, a senior product specialist from the California office of the Japanese company, said the outboard motor was shipped by the company from Japan to a Karachi port on January 20, 2008.

“The order for the machine was placed by a firm — Business and Engineering Trades,” he added.

In support of the prosecution’s case, special prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam produced a letter written and signed by an assistant services manager of Yamaha Motor Corporation, giving details of the transaction.

Although the company representative identified the signature on the letter as that of his colleague — the assistant services manager, defence lawyer Abbas Kazmi objected to taking it on record of the court.

The defence lawyer contended that the witness had not written the letter.

Judge Taheliyani, however, overruled the objection, and accepted the letter saying its evidential value could be evaluated later.

The witness admitted during cross-examination by Kazmi that he had not played any role in the entire transaction of exporting the out-boat machine to Karachi seaport.

The witness could not produce any document showing he had been employed with the Yamaha Motor.

Still his evidence has given strength to the prosecution’s claim that the ten Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operatives, who killed 173 people, had used the sea route to reach Mumbai from Karachi in Pakistan.