I did not kill constable Tukaram Ombale: Kasab

Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab Wednesday accused police of staging a fake encounter at Girgaum Chowpatty to falsely implicate him in the 26/11 attacks.

Mumbai: Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab
Wednesday accused police of staging a fake encounter at Girgaum
Chowpatty to falsely implicate him in the 26/11 attacks and
told the Bombay High Court that he had not killed constable
Tukaram Ombale.

Facing death penalty for his role in the killing of
166 people in the attacks, Kasab denied his presence at
Chowpatty on the night of November 26, 2008.

Lawyer Amin Solkar said prosecution had alleged that
there was a scuffle between police and Kasab in which police
snatched the rifle belonging to his client after he killed
Ombale. A spot panchnama was drawn which showed that a rifle
was found on the road near Skoda car in which Kasab was
apprehended.

However, the weapon taken away by police from Kasab
was not produced before the court, he argued.

The weapon found on the spot does not belong to Kasab
and he is also not responsible for the murder of constable
Ombale, Solkar argued.

Solkar, assisted by lawyers Farhana Shah and Santosh
Deshpande, further argued that the weapon was "planted" at the
spot by police to implicate Kasab in the crime.

The case of the prosecution is that Kasab and his
partner Abu Ismael had snatched the rifle of police officer
Ashok Kamathe after killing him and two other policemen. Then
they sped towards Girgaum Chowpatty after hijacking a Skoda
car.

A division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice
RV More are hearing confirmation of death sentence awarded to
Kasab by the trial court on May 6.

PTI

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