The special court on Wednesday recorded depositions of four more prosecution witnesses, including a Swedish national whose mobile phone was used by attackers holed up inside hotel Oberoi to communicate with their Pakistani handlers.
The 37-year-old foreign national, Lisa Ringnor, who currently resides in Mumbai, was avoiding the Crime Branch and had initially refused to depose before the special court.
Ringnor, however, turned up on Wednesday and testified before the special court saying she had been in the hotel along with her boyfriend when two Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operatives stormed the hotel on November 26 last year.
Ringnor told the court that they heard a loud noise around 9.45 pm and initially thought it to be firecrackers.
“Later when it grew intense and louder, I called up the front desk but got no response,” she said, adding, “We didn’t get any response from the police either.”
Apprehending danger, the duo ran out of their room on the 18th floor, leaving everything behind. The terrorists later found her mobile phone and used it to communicate with their Pakistani handlers.
“We safely reached the ground floor from where policemen escorted us out,” added Ringnor.
The special court also recorded the testimony of Mumbai Suburban Collector Vishwas Patil who had granted consent to prosecute the accused in the Vile Parle taxi bomb blast case.