In the resumed hearing in Samjhuata blasts case, three railway employees deposed before the court on Friday.
Witness Babu Lal Meena, who was pointman and used to give signal to the trains, was posted at Deewana railway station in Haryana on February 18, 2007.
He told the court that after learning about the fire on the train, he, along with assistant station master VK Gupta, rushed to the spot.
“He told the court that the rescue operation was started and bur ning train coaches were detached immediately. Then he walked down the track and found an abandoned suitcase. He opened the suitacase and and found bottles filled with some fluid in it. He picked one of the bottles and it smelled bad. Then Suresh Kumar, a railway guard, told him to throw away the bottle and leave the place as it could be a bomb,” informed Rajan Malhotra, counsel for the NIA.
One of the witnesses was gateman Ashok Kumar, who was posted at g ate no. 49 where the coaches on fire had stopped.
Kumar told the court that he had informed the assistant station master about the exigency and joined the villagers in the rescue operation.
Another witness was JE Phool Chand. He told the court that on February 17, 2007, he got the train washed and maintained and handed it over on the next morning at 6 am. The next date of hearing is April 15.