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7/11 accused claims cops prompted panch witness

One of the accused in the 7/11 train blasts case on Tuesday told the court that a witness, who had deposed in the court against him, was being prompted by the police in identifying him.

mumbai Updated: Jul 07, 2010 00:35 IST
HT Correspondent

One of the accused in the 7/11 train blasts case on Tuesday told the court that a witness, who had deposed in the court against him, was being prompted by the police in identifying him.

A panch witness, in whose presence the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) seized three chemical substances from the locker of key accused Dr Tanvir Ansari, had deposed before a special court on Tuesday.

The witness told the court that the ATS seized hydrocholride peroxide, sulphuric acid and agar from Ansari's locker at the Saboo Siddiqui hospital, where Ansari was a doctor. However, when the witness was asked to identify Ansari, he (Ansari) stood up and told the court he was being prompted by a policeman in identifying him. Seven RDX bombs, kept in the first class coaches of Mumbai's suburban trains, exploded on July 11, 2006 killing 188 people and injuring 817 others.

Kamal Ahamed Ansari (37), Dr Tanvir Ahmed Ansari (37), Mohd Faisal Shaikh (36), Ehtesham Siddiqui (30), Mohammad Majid Shafi (32), Shaikh alam Shaikh (41), Mohd Sajid Ansari (34), Abdul Wahid Shaikh (34), Muzzammil Shaikh (27), Soheil Mehmood Shaikh (43), Zamir Ahmad Shaikh (36), Naveed Hussain Khan (30), Asif Khan Junaid (38) are the accused arrested by ATS. Azam Chima along with 14 others are still absconding.

The examination of witnesses resumed after the span of two years as the Supreme Court had stayed the trial in 2008. Before the stay, the prosecution had already examined a police officer. The Supreme Court vacated the stay on April 23.