Mumbai: The special MCOCA court here today
recorded the testimony of a panch witness, who was present at
the residence of the brother of an accused from where maps and
literature of banned outfit SIMI was recovered, in connection
with the July 11, 2006 serial train blasts case.
The witness told the court how Maharashtra Anti Terrorism
Squad officials had conducted searches at the house of the
brother of arrested accused Tanvir Ansari, at Madanpura in
"Maps of Mumbai and literature of the banned Students
Islamic Movement of India was recovered from the residence,"
the witness told the court.
On July 11, 2006, RDX laden bombs ripped the first class
compartments of seven local trains in the Western Railways
within a span of ten minutes, killing 187 persons and injuring
The prosecution has examined 18 witnesses till now in the
trial against 13 arrested accused allegedly belonging to
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and SIMI.
The Supreme Court had in February 2008, stayed the trial
after one of the accused Kamal Ansari moved the court
challenging the constitutional validity of a section
pertaining to insurgency in Maharashtra Control of Organised
Crime Act (MCOCA).
The Supreme Court had on April 25 this year dismissed the
petition and vacated the stay on the trial.