The three top police officers, who died during the November 26, 2008 terror attack, had reached Cama Hospital even before a police team led by Additional Commissioner of Police Sadanand Date encountered the alleged terrorists, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab and his slain partner Abu Ismail.
Nitin Mathne (30), Karkare’s wireless operator, told this to the special court trying Kasab. With the deposition, Special Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam opened a new chapter about the killing of the three officers — Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar.
Mathne, who accompanied Karkare on November 26, told the court that Karkare was at his Dadar home when the news of the terror strike came in.
They arrived near Cama Hospital in an escort vehicle.
Meanwhile, Date’s wireless operator Sachin Tilekar was at the rear gate of the hospital where they were.
He said the lock of the gate was broken as ordered by Karkare and a bleeding Tilekar taken to hospital in a police vehicle.
Tilekar, who was injured in the blast of a grenade on sixth floor of the hospital, told the officers about the encounter between the police team led by Date and the attackers on the sixth floor of the hospital.
“After a brief discussion, the officers told us to stay put at the gate after noise of brush fire was heard from the St Xavier’s college side,” said the prosecution witness.
Later, the three officers left in a police vehicle, Mathne said, adding they heard brush fire and thought the three officers had opened it.
“We found all three officers lying in pool of blood.”
The two suspected terrorists had killed the three top officers.
Special Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam on Thursday submitted additional information about two wanted accused, Abu Hamza alias Mohammad Ramadin Mohammad Siddhiqui and Muzammil alias Yusuf Bhai, against whom warrants have already been issued by the special court.
Nikam told reporters outside the court that red corner notices had not yet been issued against the 25 wanted accused against whom warrants had been secured from the court.