4 injured at CST identify Kasab
Four more eyewitnesses identified Pakistani national Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab as one of the two gunmen who opened fire at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on November 26, 2008.
Fifty-two people died at the heritage railway station on that night after alleged Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operatives Kasab and his partner Abu Ismail opened fire on commuters waiting for their trains.
About 166 people were killed in the Mumbai terror strike that lasted nearly 60 hours.
Akola residents Sangita Sardar (55) and her husband Niranjan (60) told the special court on Monday that were waiting in the general hall for their train when they heard a loud bang, followed by firing.
“I was hit in the neck by a bullet fired by Kasab while another brushed my head,” said Niranjan, describing how he narrowly escaped death.
A shrapnel from a hand grenade lobbed by Ismail hit Sangita in her stomach.
Ansar Saudagar (38) from Pune and Harshada Sarulkar (21), from Devgad in Sindhudurg district both sustained bullet injuries in the CST firing also deposed.
“At 9.50 pm, I heard a loud noise. I turned towards the direction of the noise and I saw two men firing indiscriminately on people waiting in the general hall,” said Saudagar.
“The shorter one [Kasab] was firing on people waiting in the hall, while the other [Ismail] was firing on police personnel in a corner of the hall,” he added.
All four witnesses identified Kasab in court and Ismail when Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam held up his photograph.
The special court also recorded the deposition of Dr Baban Shinde of the Nagpada police hospital, who had taken Kasab’s blood samples for DNA profiling, and Dr Rajesh Patil, who had taken Kasab’s “hand wash” after his arrest for a forensic test to check if he had used a weapon.
Around 40 witnesses have identified Kasab so far.