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Another witness identifies Mumbai terror attack accused Kasab

Another witness today identified Kasab, the lone terrorist caught alive during the Mumbai attacks, in a special court and said that Kasab had fired at him and Assistant Police Inspector Tukaram Omble at Girgaum Chowpatty on Nov 26 last year.

india Updated: May 12, 2009 16:51 IST

Another witness in Mumbai terror attack case on Tuesday identified prime accused Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab in a special court and said he (Ajmal) had fired at him (the witness) and Assistant Police Inspector Tukaram Omble at Girgaum Chowpatty on November 26 last year.

While Omble fell to bullets fired from AK-47 rifle by Kasab, I sustained a bullet injury in the waist, the witness API Sanjay Govilkar said in the court.

Govilkar is the second witness who has identified Kasab in the court. Yesterday, police sub-inspector Bhaskar Kadam had identified Kasab.

Govilkar told special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam that he and Omble had grappled Kasab when the latter got down from a Skoda car, stopped by the police at Girgaum Chowpatty during nakabandi.

"When we tried to capture Kasab, he fired at us, seriously injuring Omble. A bullet also hit me in the waist," the witness said.

Govilkar also identified the trousers wore by Kasab on that day and the AK-47 rifle used by him to fire at police.

"This is the same AK-47 rifle which was held by Kasab on that day," witness told judge M L Tahaliyani.

Govilkar also gave a graphic description of how Kasab was captured alive.

The witness said while some policemen were engaged in an exchange of fire with terrorist Abu Ismail (who was driving Skoda car), he along with Omble proceeded to the left hand side of the car.

At that time, Kasab, who was holding the AK-47 rifle, got down the car and started firing at us, the witness said, adding Omble pounced on him but Kasab continued to fire.

Finally, Kasab was overpowered and disarmed, he said.

Govilkar further said he and Omble were taken to Harkishandas hospital, where he was admitted for a few days.

The witness informed the court that he was discharged from the hospital on November 29 and he was on leave till December 16. In the meantime his statement was recorded on December 3 and he had also identified Kasab during the identification parade conducted by police on December 27 at Arthur Road jail, Govilkar said.

During cross-examination by defence lawyer Abbas Kazmi, he denied police planted that AK-47 rifle carried by Kasab on him.

Govilkar also refuted allegation that he had not identified Kasab during police parade.

First Published: May 12, 2009 16:29 IST