Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab has objected to being paraded before witnesses before being taken to court. Kasab complained to his lawyer Abbas Kazmi after witness Nafisa Shadab identified him in the court after seeing him before entering it.
“Such incidents have happened earlier. It is for the first time Kasab pointed out the erroneous manner in which the prosecution is conducting the case,” Kazmi later told HT.
Witnesses who have identified Kasab
Bhaskar Kadam: Police sub-inspector who was at Girgaum Chowpatty
Hemant Bavdhankar: Assistant police inspector who was at Girgaum Chowpatty
Devika Rotawat: A 10-year-old girl who was injured at CST
Nafisa Shadab: A woman who lost her six-year-old daughter to Kasab’s bullet
Faroqui Naseeruddin: A Jalgaon resident who suffered injuries from a grenade blast at CST
Special Judge M L Tahaliyani has asked the prosecution to file a reply.
An archaic .303 saved Kasab: Constable
Jillu Yadav (53), a Railway Protection Force head constable, recounted the horror of how an archaic .303 rifle failed to fire leaving him with a plastic chair to throw at Kasab.
“I first closed the exit gates and then proceeded towards the hall of CST. I saw one of the terrorists loading a rifle. I asked a GRP constable standing at the gate to shoot the terrorist,” Yadav told the court.
When the constable did not fire, Yadav snatched the rifle and tried to fire but the weapon jammed. “By then one more person joined him and they fired a volley of bullets.” “All I then had was a plastic chair. I threw it at them and they again fired at me.”
Mother who lost her six-year-old to Kasab
Nafisa Shadab (25), a resident of Bandra (E), was headed for Aurangabad on November 26 by Devgiri Express. The train was delayed and her six-year-old daughter Afreen was killed in the attack. An emotional but composed Nafisa identified Kasab as one of the terrorists who fired randomly at CST.
“At 9.30 pm I heard a loud explosion and saw people running. The explosion was followed by gunshots and I saw two persons firing indiscriminately,” she told the court. The next thing Nafisa realised was by a bullet hit her left leg. And as she collapsed she realised a bullet had hit Afreen. “Afreen was writhing in pain and soon her body went cold.”