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26/11 blasts: Fahim nailed for making maps

Last Updated: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 18:24

Mumbai: A hand writing expert on Friday opined
in a special court that markings shown on a map of 26/11
terror target spots recovered from slain terrorist Abu Ismail
matched with specimen writings of accused Fahim Ansari, who is
being tried along with Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab.

According to special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam,
Fahim had allegedly drawn a map of target spots in Mumbai and
handed them over to banned terror organisation Laskhar-e-Taiba
(LeT) which executed the terror attacks.

Among other places, the map mentioned CST, Marine drive,
Chowpatty, Malabar Hill and Raj Bhavan.

The names of these places were written by hand and
matched with specimen of Fahim`s writing, handwriting expert,
Jayant Ahir, who has examined over two lakh documents so far
in his career, told prosecutor Nikam.

The prosecution had collected 108 samples of Fahim`s
writing and matched them with 12 markings in the map
purportedly drawn by Fahim.

Ahir had first given opinion on March 20 this year about
Fahim`s hand writing matching with the markings on the map.
Today, he deposed in the court reconfirming his findings.

The maps and specimen writings were shown to Fahim in
the court but he did not react saying his lawyer would cross
examine the witness later.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 18:24

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