26/11 case: Former ATS officer deposes in court
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 07, 2010, 23:12
Mumbai: A former Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) officer today deposed before a special court in the July 11, 2006 serial train blasts case and explained how one of the accused, Kamal Ansari, was arrested.

The witness told the court the investigating officers, acting on specific information, arrested Ansari on July 19, 2006 from Basupati village in Bihar's Madhubani district.

"After arresting Ansari, we took him to his house, where police recovered a black coloured powder," he said.

According to him, the 36-year-old allegedly made calls to several wanted accused in the case and operatives of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) after the train bombings in which 187 people were killed and 800 others injured.

"The calls were intercepted which led to Ansari's arrest. Revelations made by Ansari enabled the ATS to arrest other accused," the officer said.

Meanwhile, Ansari appealed to the court to shift him to the Government-run J J Hospital for treatment as he is suffering from malaria. The court, however, asked him to undergo treatment at the medical centre of Arthur Road Jail, where he is lodged.

The prosecution has till now examined 17 witnesses in the case, in which 13 accused, all alleged LeT operatives, have been arrested. The court has asked the media not to reveal the identity of the witnesses.


First Published: Wednesday, July 07, 2010, 23:12

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