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Witnesses for the prosecution

Dramatic testimonies from people who survived the carnage at various sites that the militants attacked.

mumbai Updated: Nov 26, 2009 00:03 IST
Anshika Misra
Anshika Misra
Hindustan Times

Dramatic testimonies from people who survived the carnage at various sites that the militants attacked.

Place: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Name: Devika Rotawan (10)

On 26/11: Devika, her parents and brother were waiting for a train to Pune when the gunfire started. She was shot in the leg; her mother was killed. The youngest witness to depose in the trial, the spunky girl identified Kasab in court, leaving the terrorist shamefaced.

In court: She said she had seen one of the terrorists at the station. She pointed to Kasab from among the three accused in the dock. “I have seen him. I swear on God, I am not lying about this,” she said.

How life has changed: The cast on her leg has come off and she now uses crutches. The scars remain, so does the limp.

Now: She plans to continue her studies.

Place: Nariman House, Colaba

Name: Zakir Hussain, “Jackie” (21)

On 26/11: The cook-cum-handyman at the Jewish Chabad House saw a gunman on the second floor. Ducking the gunshot, he hid all night in a storeroom, along with Sandra Samuel, another household help.

In court: “In the morning, we heard baby Moshe crying. Sandra picked up the child and we ran out to the police station.”

He said the terrorist (Abu Umar) was 22 to 23 year old and wearing blue jeans. On seeing an I-card recovered from the slain terrorist, he identified him as the one who had shot at him.

How life has changed: He escaped unhurt, but loud sounds still startle him.

Now: He works as a cook at a falafel chain.

Place: Cama hospital

Name: Chandrakant Tikhe (49)

On 26/11: Tikhe, a generator operator, hid on the hospital’s terrace along with 20 others. When Kasab and Abu Ismail landed at the terrace door, Tikhe told them he was alone and that the only way they could leave the hospital was by going back down the stairs.

In court: “The short fellow (Kasab) said he would shoot if I did not lead the way out,” Tikhe said. “I could see policemen (led by Sadanand Date) coming up the stairs. I raised my arms and asked them not to shoot me...but was injured in the grenade blast.”

How life has changed: Splinters from the grenade shattered Tikhe’s neck and shoulder nerves. He underwent psychiatric treatment.

Now: Tikhe continues to work at the hospital.

Place: The Taj

Name: Adil Mistry (31)

On 26/11: Mistry, a steward, was serving in a restaurant when he heard gunshots. He ran to the sixth floor and hid in a room with a colleague. Mistry, a Parsi, told the two terrorists who broke in that he was a Muslim.

ln court: “I heard the terrorist say, ‘Throw grenades! Set the hotel on fire!’” Mistry said. “They called me a ‘traitor to Muslims’ and asked me to sacrifice my life for Allah. They brought in some other hostages but soon left, saying ‘Leave them, let’s save ourselves’.”

How life has changed: Adil and his wife, who who spoke to the terrorists when she called her husband’s cellphone, underwent trauma counselling.

Now: He continues to work at the Taj.

Place: The Oberoi/Trident

Name: Pradeep Ramamurthy BENGAlurkar (52)

On 26/11: He was a steward on duty at the Kandahar restaurant when he heard firing. He and other staff asked guests to leave from the rear door. Two gunmen barged in, firing AK-47 rifles. They took him and Jordan Pereira, another employee, hostage.

In court: “They asked us to pour liquor on the furniture and set it on fire. Pereira burnt his hand and was shot dead. They asked me to take them to where they would find VIPs. They lobbed grenades, but I escaped in the lift.

How life has changed: He was unhurt.

Now: He continues to work as a steward at the Trident.