2006 train blasts: Doctor deposes in special court

Mumbai: A doctor deposed in the Special MCOCA court, which is conducting the trial in the July 2006 train blasts in the metropolis.

The doctor had conducted post-mortem on five bodies and recovered splinters. The forensic analysis on the splinters had revealed traces of nitrate on them.

During cross-examination, the defence argued that although the doctor had dispatched the splinters for analysis on July 12, 2006 (a day after the blasts), it was actually sent to the lab by the police only 12 days later.

The doctor said the forensic lab was only at a distance of 8-10 km from the hospital, where he had conducted the post-mortem. In spite of that, the material was sent for analysis only on July 24.

"When questioned about the delay, the doctor said he was unaware about the reasons for this. We are trying to know why there was a delay and who was handling the material during this time," defence lawyer Wahab Khan said.

Seven RDX bombs kept in the first class coaches of suburban trains had exploded on July 11, 2006 killing 188 people and injuring 817 others.

Anti-Terrorism Squad has arrested 13 persons for the bombings, while 15 other accused are absconding.