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Kasab pulled up for smiling

india Updated: May 11, 2009 22:36 IST
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“Bandh karo ye natak (Stop this drama)”, terror suspect Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab was warned when he kept smirking during the court proceedings on Monday.

When sub-inspector Bhaskar Kadam was identifying the weapons used by Kasab and his partner Ismail Khan alias Abu Ismail on the night of November 26, 2008, Kasab kept smiling.

This irked Special Judge M.L. Tahaliyani and he admonished Kasab.

“Hasne layak kya hein, kyon hass rahe ho? Court ka kaam chalu hein aur hass rahe ho (What is there to laugh, why are you laughing? Court proceedings are on and you are laughing),” the judge said.

But even after being reprimanded for being non-attentive and smiling in court, Kasab continued smirking — though occasionally.

Kadam, attached with the DB Marg police station, was the first witness to identify the weapons used by the two Lashkar-e-Tayyeba gunmen of Pakistani origin to shower bullets inside Chhatrapati Shivaji Termnius and near Cama hospital, killing 72.

Kadam, who was part of the police team that gunned down Ismail and captured Kasab at Girgaum Chowpatty, identified Ismail’s ash-coloured T-shirt and blue cargos and Kasab’s cream cargos and blue T-shirt.

Kadam told the court his senior officer had received information on the wireless that armed terrorists had hijacked a Skoda and were driving towards Girgaum Chowpatty.

He recalled that the Skoda tried to take a U-turn when the police, holding up their weapons, issued a warning. When Ismail got out of the vehicle and started firing from his pistol, the police responded.

Kadam claimed he had fired three rounds from his service revolver that had hit Khan. He added he had seen assistant sub-inspector Tukaram Omble lunge at Kasab and fall to his bullets.

“The total operation took four minutes and was over by 12.30 am or 12.35 am,” said Kadam.

Kadam identified the AK-47 rifle of late assistant commissioner of police Ashok Kamte, which Ismail had taken after killing him, Kasab’s AK-47 and the two pistols, made by a company called Diamond Nidi Frontier Arms in Peshawar, recovered from the duo.

The special court has charged Kasab with waging war against the nation in addition to 86 other charges, including the Explosives Act and Arms Act.