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1993 Mumbai Blasts: Defence witnesses testify in court

Two defence witnesses in the 1993 Bombay Blast case identified the arrested accused.

Written by Meghna Yelluru | Mumbai | Updated: August 14, 2015 12:24:19 pm

Two defence witnesses in the 1993 Bombay Blast case identified the arrested accused Feroz Rashid Khan as Hamza Rashid Khan in the TADA court on Thursday.

Feroz, accused of being present when the arms ammunition had landed in the city, has claimed that he is not the purported accused in the case, but is Hamza.

The first witness who claimed to be in the business of buying and selling used cars, told the court that he has known Hamza since eight years and had met him for the first time in a mosque. The witness also told the court that he had traveled to a village in Karnataka along with Hamza.

During his cross examination, Special Public Prosecutor Deepak Salvi had asked the witness if he had received a notice from the Mumbai or Navi Mumbai police directing him to furnish details regarding any old car being a stolen car or not. The witness said that he had not received any such notice.

The second witness was named in the “reference column” of Hamza’s passport. The witness, involved in the hotel business, claimed to know Hamza for the last eight-nine years. The witness also told the court that he had met the accused five-six years ago.

Based on the prosecutor’s question, the witness agreed that apart from his statement, he has no documentary evidence to suggest that the accused was not Feroz.

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