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Driver, commuter helped cops

A taxi driver and a commuter gave clues to ATS in July 11 train blast case.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2006 16:42 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A taxi driver and a commuter, who had identified the accused as the people who planted bombs in commuter trains, have helped the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in solving the July 11 train blasts case.

A commuter was hit with a bag carried by a person who barged into the first class compartment of a commuter train as it was leaving Churchgate. He even entered into an argument with the person carrying a heavy bag purportedly having a bomb, the chargesheet, filed in a special court on Friday, said.

When the commuter read in newspapers about the bombs being planted in pressure cookers kept in bags by various persons separately in seven local trains, he rushed to the ATS and informed them about the altercation he had with a fellow commuter in the first class compartment and offered to identify him.

The ATS, on rounding up the accused, arranged for an identification parade in which the commuter identified the accused.

In another instance, a taxi driver narrated his experience in a statement to ATS saying two persons had hired his taxi on July 11 from suburban Bandra and asked him to take them to Churchgate.

They kept a bag on the front seat and sat behind. On the way the taxi driver applied brakes and the bag almost fell from the seat prompting the two persons to hold it and scold the driver for driving in a rash manner.

The taxi driver went to the ATS after the bomb blasts and identified an accused as one of the persons who had hired his taxi on July 11, said the chargesheet, which was filed four months after the blasts that killed nearly 200 people.

First Published: Dec 02, 2006 12:37 IST