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Cop identifies Kasab in court

The first eyewitness in the Mumbai terror attack case today told the special court that he had seen prime accused Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab firing from AK-47 rifle at Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Tukaram Omble, who fell to the bullets at Girgaun Chowpaty on November 26 last year.

india Updated: May 09, 2009 00:53 IST
Hindustan Times

Friday’s drama in the 26/11 court was lost on Ajmal Amir Kasab. The only terrorist caught alive during the attacks napped as an emotional Police Sub-Inspector Bhaskar Kadam pointed at him and said: “Toh tyaatil ek aahe (He was one of the terrorists).”

During the time he was awake, Kasab, dressed in a grey T-shirt and blue three-fourths trousers, flashed broad smiles at those around him for no apparent reason.

Kadam, the first prosecution witness, was part of the team that intercepted the Skoda Kasab and his partner Ismail Khan (25) had stolen. In the shootout that followed at Girgaum Chowpatty, Kasab was injured and Khan was killed. It was during this shootout that Kasab shot Assistant Sub-Inspector Tukaram Ombale at virtually point-blank range with his Ak-47.

Kadam told Special Judge ML Tahiliyani that the Skoda screeched to a halt 50 feet before the barricades. “We shouted for (Khan) to stop,” said Kadam, but he ignored the warning and crashed into the divider. “I, along with six members of my unit, approached the car from the left. Ombale and Assistant Inspector Sanjay Govilkar covered the right side,” recounted Kadam. “When we were about 10 feet away, Khan started firing at us. He was badly hurt when we retaliated.”

Kadam said Kasab, who had dropped out of the car, whipped out an AK-47 rifle. “Ombale pounced on him, but was shot several times.” Govilkar was also injured.

Kadam will cross-examined by the defence on Monday.

‘D2’ tactics
Special Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said the trial would get delayed after defence lawyer Abbas Kazmi refused to admit documents submitted by the prosecution. Nikam said the 1993 serial blasts case was delayed due to similar “D2” — delay and derail —tactics. Kazmi did not budge even after the judge tried to reason with him. Now, the prosecution must produce originals of every document submitted in court.

First Published: May 08, 2009 16:18 IST