A witness, deposing before the special court conducting trial in the Mumbai attacks case, on Friday identified a Qualis police jeep hijacked by Pakistani gunmen Ajmal Kasab and Abu Ismael during the terror strikes on November 26 last year.
The jeep was hijacked by Kasab and Ismael after they killed senior police officers Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamate and Vijay Salaskar riding in the same vehicle.
The duo escaped in the same jeep which they abandoned later near Vidhan Bhavan as one of its wheels got punctured. They then stole a Skoda car and went towards Girgaum Chowpatty where Kasab was captured by police, while Ismael was killed.
The jeep, mounted on a truck, was brought to the court for identification. It was parked in the compound of the high security Central Prison at Arthur Road Jail, where the trial is on. The punctured wheel of the jeep had been removed.
The vehicle was identified by Santosh Pawar, panch witness, in the presence of Judge ML Tahaliyani, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam and defence lawyer Abbas Kazmi.
Pawar, a tea vendor, identifying the jeep, said it was the same vehicle which had been abandoned near Vidhan Bhavan.
On an application by Nikam, the court returned the jeep to Pydhonie police station on a bond of Rs 60,000. It was handed over to ACP Shantilal Bhamre on condition that he should bring the jeep to the court whenever required. The court also allowed the police to repair it.