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German Bakery trial: Panch witness describes scene on day of blast

In the German Bakery blast trial,tehsildar Jagdish Harishchandra Nimbalkar,a panch witness,described the scene of the blast site and gave details of the articles seized by various investigation teams before the court.

In the German Bakery blast trial,tehsildar Jagdish Harishchandra Nimbalkar,a panch witness,described the scene of the blast site and gave details of the articles seized by various investigation teams before the court.

He and another panch witness were called by the police on February 14 at 8 am at the blast site to prepare the spot panchnama. It was prepared in the presence of officials from forensic laboratories and other investigators.

Deposing before additional sessions judge N P Dhote,on Monday,Nimbalkar said the impact of the blast was such that the glass panes on the second floor of ‘O’ Hotel and the hotel’s signboard,which is around 50 feet from bakery,were shattered. He also named eight shops and offices that were damaged.

“As we entered the bakery,we saw food items from the glass display counter lying on the floor,along with scattered pieces of furniture and human body parts… We saw a CCTV camera,a shattered glass counter and a wire of the CCTV camera that was hanging. The wall on the east side (near lane A) of the bakery had a huge hole. There were bricks,sand,bags,mobiles of customers lying at the centre of the bakery,” Nimbalkar said,in reply to a question by special public prosecutor Raja Thakare.

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Nimbalkar told the court that people from the Pune forensic science laboratory had collected 20 samples,while CBI forensic lab officials collected seven samples. The articles that were sealed and sent by the forensic laboratories to the court,were opened before the judge and identified by Nimbalkar. Nimbalkar will be cross-examined by defense lawyer A Rehman on Tuesday.

IT manager of O’ Hotel Sayyed Hamza told the court that the three CCTV cameras installed at the gate of the hotel has a range of 100 meters and 17x zoom. “This means that the area till the end North Main road,even beyond the divider,is covered by the CCTV camera. Incidentally,it also covers one side of the German Bakery,” he said.

The police have seized the hard disk in which the footage from these CCTV cameras is recorded. Replying to a question by Rehman,Hamza agreed that the owner of the hotel Anil alias Aniruddha Seolekar had not permitted him in writing to hand over the hard disk to the police.

Hamza had also not provided any documentary proof to show that he was the IT manager of O Hotel,other than his visiting card that was given to the police.