‘28 witnesses in 26/11 case identified bodies of terrorists’

Last Updated: Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 21:55

Mumbai: A Special Executive Officer (SEO)
on Thursday informed the trial court that in an identification
parade conducted by him early this year, 28 witnesses had
identified the bodies of terrorists killed by security forces
during 26/11 terror attacks.

Of the nine bodies, two could not be identified as they
were completely charred, Navinchandra Tandalkar told Special
Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.
The witnesses were called to identify the bodies of the
terrorists because they had seen them firing indiscriminately
at people at hotel Taj, hotel Oberoi-Trident and Nariman House
which were targeted by attackers.

All the slain terrorists have been identified as Pakistan
Nationals and their bodies are still lying in a city morgue
awaiting instructions for disposal.

They were identified as Ismail Khan alias Abu Ismail,
Imran Babar alias Abu Aakasha, Nasir alias Abu Umar, Nazir
Ahmed alias Abu Umer, Hafiz Arshad alias Abdul Rehman Bada,
Abdul Rehman Chota, Fahad Ullah, Javed alias Abu Ali and Abu
Lone surviving Pakistan gunman Ajmal Kasab has earlier
confessed before a Magistrate revealing the conspiracy and
identity of attackers.

The SEO informed the court that dummy bodies were kept
along with the bodies of terrorists and one by one the
witnesses came forward to identify them at the J J hospital
morgue on January 6 and 7 this year.

In another development, former additional Chief
Secretary (Home), Government of Maharashtra, Chitakala Zutshi,
and SEOs who had accorded sanction to follow procedures under
statutes, would depose tomorrow, Prosecutor Nikam told PTI.

Zutshi had accorded sanction, in her capacity as the
competent authority, to police to intercept telephone talks
between terrorists and their Pakistan handlers during terror

Such permission is necessary under Indian Telegraph Act.

SEOs who had conducted identification parade of Kasab
would also depose.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 21:55

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