The pink foam used by the 26/11 attackers to wrap the three bombs that were later defused, the foam pieces found on fishing trawler MV Kuber and those found in the rucksack of the captured Pakistani gunman were cut from a single sheet.
This was clarified on Monday during the deposition of forensic expert RR Mavle, who testified before the special court hearing the 26/11 trial.
On November, 26, 2008, two RDX-laden Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) were recovered near hotel Taj. The next week, another IED was found at in the cloakroom at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
All three bombs were wrapped in pink foam and locked in metal containers.
Similar foam pieces were found on MV Kuber, that was hijacked by the 10 alleged Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) operatives from Pakistan to reach the Mumbai shore. Similar pieces were also found in the rucksack of Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, after his capture.
“All the foam pieces tally with each other in respect to appearance and physical-thermal characteristics,” Mavle told the special court. “All pieces originate from same source.”
The pieces were compared under microscope for physical appearance and their thermal characteristics were ascertained using standard apparatus, he added.
Kasab’s lawyer Abbas Kazmi grilled the forensic expert for more than two hours.