June 17, 2009 4:13:01 pm
Wife of a Bangalore-based industrialist on Wednesday told a special court that she did not know Pakistani gunman Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab who had mentioned her address in a “fake” Identity card found on his person. In another development in the 26/11 terror attack trial,a railway policeman and a diesel engine helper identified Kasab as one of the terrorists who had shot at them and many others on November 26 last at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Deposing before judge M L Tahaliyani,Usha Shivkumar Shreyas said she had not seen Kasab before and added that the plot mentioned in Kasab’s Identity card as “254,Teachers Colony,Bangalore” was owned by her.
Asking Kasab to stand up in the dock,Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam sought an answer from the woman whether she knew him and whether she had rented out her property to him. She said the plot mentioned in the Identity card was vacant and no one stayed there. “I do not know this person and also he had never approached me to reside there.” Kasab did not react and sat down with two other accused. Occasionally,he put his head down during the proceedings.
The prosecution’s case is that Kasab had possessed a fake Identity card which bore his name as Samir Choudhary and address as “254,Teachers Colony,Bangalore”. He had made a fake card apparently to mislead the investigators if he was caught. The card was seized after his arrest.
The plot owner produced papers to show her title of ownership of the property and said “Arunodhaya Degree and PG College” mentioned in the Identity card (seized by police) did not exist in Bangalore. A railway police inspector,Shivkumar Bhosale,who also deposed,said he was on duty at CST on the day of terror attack when he heard a loud explosion in the hall of CST’s main line section. “I saw a tall man (Abu Ismail) and a short man (Kasab) holding AK-47 rifles and firing at people. The taller one has also thrown a hand grenade in the main hall injuring many people,” Bhosale told special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. He then rushed to armoury of RPF nearby and returned with a pistol and 20 rounds to the spot.
Meanwhile,the duo had moved to the local section and were firing there,he said. “Me and my colleagues followed them to the local line section,took positions and fired at both the terrorists. They retaliated but none of us were hurt. Then we saw them going towards the rear end of the platform 1 towards the subway.” Asked if he can identify the terrorists,the witness pointed at Kasab and said he was one of them. He had identified Kasab in the earlier identification parade also. To a question by defence lawyer Abbas Kazmi,he said he had not made entry while collecting weapon from the armoury of RPF although this practice was to be followed.
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