Train blast case: Witness tells about ATS seizure of chemicals
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 23:57
Mumbai: A panch witness in the 2006 serial train blasts case, in the presence of whom the Anti-Terrorism Squad had seized three chemical substances from the locker of prime accused Tanvir Ansari, deposed before a special court today.

The witness told Special MCOCA Judge Y D Shinde that ATS had seized three chemicals -- Hydrochloride Peroxide, Sulphuric Acid and Agar -- from Ansari's locker at the Saboo Siddiqui hospital, where the accused was a doctor.

During cross examination by defence lawyer Wahab Khan, the witness agreed that the seized articles were not sealed at the spot.

The prosecution has till now examined 16 witnesses in the case, against 13 persons alleged to be Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives.

On July 11, 2006, RDX laden bombs ripped the first class compartments of seven local trains in the Western railways within a span of ten minutes, killing 187 persons and injuring 800 others.

The Supreme Court had in February 2008, stayed the trial after one of the accused Kamal Ansari moved the court challenging the Constitutional validity of a section pertaining to insurgency in Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

The SC had on April 25 this year dismissed the petition and vacated the stay on the trial.


First Published: Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 23:57

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