A special executive officer, who had conducted an identification parade in the 2006 serial train blasts case, failed to identify one of the 13 accused before the designated Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Tuesday.
On July 11, 2006, seven bombs exploded in the first-class compartments of seven suburban trains during evening peak hours, killing 188 people and injuring 817 others.
The officer, whose name cannot be disclosed as per court orders, told the MCOCA court that he had held a test identification parade at Arthur Road jail on November 7, 2006, for four accused — Kamal Ahmed Ansari, 37, Naveed Hussain Khan, 30, Asif Khan, 38, and Mohammed Faisal Shaikh, 36.
“The special executive officer named all the four accused in court, but failed to identify Asif Khan and wrongly identified another accused, Mohammad Majid Shafi,” said defence advocate Avinash Rasal.
The officer told the court that he had held the identification parade in two rounds on the same day with two accused and 12 dummies in each parade.
The cross-examination is likely to continue on Wednesday.