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Kasab alleges food laced with drugs, doctors say not true

Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab has complained to the 26/11 terror trial court that food given to him in jail is laced with tranquilisers but medical experts have said there is no truth in his allegations, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said.

mumbai Updated: Nov 18, 2009 16:22 IST

Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab has complained to the 26/11 terror trial court that food given to him in jail is laced with tranquilisers but medical experts have said there is no truth in his allegations, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said in Mumbai on Wendesday.

Kasab had made a grievance before Judge M L Tahaliyani some days ago that food supplied to him was "drugged" and even produced a sample of rice in a piece of paper to support his allegation, Nikam told PTI.

Taking cognizance of his complaint, the court had forwarded the sample to medical experts for an opinion.

"The experts have opined that the rice sample did not contain any tranquiliser," Nikam said.

While defence lawyer Abbas Kazmi said the accused had made such a grievance to the court in his presence, Prosecutor Nikam said "Kasab is a liar and had made baseless allegations to derail the trial."

In the last few days, Kasab has been found sitting in the dock with his head down and the usual smile on his lips is no longer visible.

Nikam said the trial had reached final stage and Kasab knows that substantial evidence has been adduced against him. "Hence he is making such allegations to gain sympathy of people," said Nikam.

"This is all drama and he is a great actor," the prosecutor said.

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