I fought with terrorists at Nariman house: 26/11 eye witness

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 19:20

Mumbai: In a crucial evidence in the 26/11
Mumbai attack case, an eye witness on Wednesday told the trial court
that he had fought with two terrorists at Nariman house and
miraculously escaped their bullets.

"They fired at me, but I ducked and escaped the bullets,"
Kamal Singh, who had entered Nariman House with a stick to
confront the militants, told prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

Singh is the only civilian who had challenged the ultras
at Nariman House, Nikam said.

Singh, a security guard of a private firm located near
Nariman House in South Mumbai, said he heard firing shots from
the five storey building on November 26 last.

"I mustered courage and entered the building with a
bamboo stick. On reaching first floor I saw two persons
perched on the second floor facing in the opposite direction,"
the witness said.

"I inquired from them what was the matter. One of them
turned towards me. He was holding a gun. The other looked at
me and said `Kafir aa gaya` (idol worshipper has come)."

The terrorists then fired at him. However, he ducked and
managed to escape the bullets. "I then climbed down the
staircase and came out of the building as I was very scared,"
he said.

According to the prosecution, eight people were killed in
the attack at Nariman House. The terrorists had not only
opened fire at the structure but also fired at people in
nearby buildings as well.

The witness said the two terrorists were shot down by NSG
commandos in a pitched battle and he had identified their
bodies at J J Morgue on January 7 this year.

According to the prosecution, the slain militants were
Babar Imran alias Abu Akasha and Nasir alias Abu Umar. Besides
firing at people in and around Nariman house, the duo also
planted bombs -- one on the ground floor of the building and
the other near a petrol pump -- which exploded.

Another witness, a police sub-inspector said he too had
heard sound of firing from the direction of Nariman House and
rushed there. While he was running towards the building, he
heard a sound of powerful bomb explosion.

"I realised that this must be a terror attack because I
had heard about similar terror attacks at hotel Taj Mahal and
Cafe Leopold," the police official told prosecutor Nikam.

A worker at the petrol pump near Nariman House also
deposed saying he had heard sound of a bomb explosion from a
nearby place and under its impact the office of the pump was
damaged.

Bureau Report



First Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 19:20

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