July 14, 2009 12:34:33 am
The body of ATS chief Hemant Karkare,killed in the 26/11 attack,had five firearm injuries and that of ACP Ashok Kamte had multiple wounds,a medical expert who conducted the postmortem of the bodies told the special court hearing the 26/11 case on Monday.
Dr Bhalachandra Chikalkar of the Grant Medical College deposed before the court that the injuries on the two police officers bodies were due to bullets fired by lone arrested gunman Ajmal Kasab and his slain partner Abu Ismail Khan outside Cama Hospital on November 26 last year.
The prosecution also examined a priest,Timesh Chhimekar,who was locked inside a toilet in Cama Hospital by Kasab along with three others,and had even seized his two mobile phones.
Chhimekar told the court that his wife was admitted to the Cama Hospital and he had gone there to meet her when he heard of the attacks and tried to hide. However,Kasab found him along with his brother-in-law Thomas Uledar. Both of them were locked inside the toilet. He identified Kasab in court and also the rucksack he was carrying.
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The third witness to be examined was a panchnama witness Venkatesh Savla,in whose presence the police had seized the blood-stained clothes of IPS officer Sadanand Date at KEM Hospital. Another witness,police sub-inspector Ramchandra Pawar,had drawn the panchanama of the seizure. The prosecution has till now examined 123 witnesses in the case so far.
Notes from The courtroom
Kasab not sure about letter
Ajmal Kasab,who had sought the courts permission on Friday to allow him to write a letter to someone in Mecca,discussed the plea with his lawyer Abbas Kazmi on Monday. Kazmi told the media: He has not yet decided to whom and what he wants to write. He doesn’t even know anyone in Saudi Arabia and nothing concrete has emerged from our conversation. I will be informing this to the court tomorrow.
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