“I thought my trawler’s engine had failed that’s why it had not returned,” said Vinod Masani, owner of the trawler that was hijacked by the perpetrators of the 26/11 attack.
Prosecution witness Masani told the special court on Friday that two of his six fishing trawlers, MV Kuber and MV Maa, had set sail from Porbunder port in Gujarat on November 14, 2008. MV Maa returned on November 25, 2008.
Masani got a call saying the Coast Guard officials from Mumbai had found Kuber 4 nautical miles away from Mumbai shoreline.
Navigator Amarsing Solanki’s body was recovered from the trawler. Abbas Kazmi, appointed to defend the terror suspect Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, said he was not the registered owner of the boat. Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said Vinod’s brother Hiralal, the registered owner, is physically challenged and could not come to court.
Special Judge ML Tahaliyani overruled the objection saying it was the prosecution’s prerogative to decide on witnesses.