I saw Kasav firing at ASI Omble: Witness

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Tukaram Omble
Mumbai, May 8: The special court on Friday, May 8 began the Mumbai terror attack trial with an eyewitness telling the court that he has seen the key accused Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab aka Azam Amir Kasav firing at Tukaram Omble, the assistant sub-inspector (ASI), who succumbed to the injuries at Girgaun chowpaty on Nov 26, 2008.

Bhaskar Kadam, the witness said that he was one of the police officers who had fired at Abu Ismail, who was with Kasav in the Skoda car along during the day of terror attack. Kadam earlier said that the policemen of D B Marg police station got a message from the control room that two terrorists were moving in a Skoda Car.

"We immediately organised a 'nakabandi' at Girgaun Chowpatty and saw a Skoda car approaching us at a fast speed. We signalled the car to stop when it halted 50 meters ahead of us and tried to take a U-turn but hit the divider on the right hand side of the road," the witness said.

"Meanwhile, I and other policemen rushed towards the car and surrounded it," he said. "The driver and his companion threw their hands up to surrender," the witness said. The witness then told the judge ML Tahiliyani that the the driver fired at him from the car's window and he retaliated in self-defence.

"He (Ismail) was seriously injured in police firing. It was then we noticed that the person on the left side (Kasab) got out and pretended to fall down," Kadam said. As ASI Omble and API Sanjay Govilkar approached Kasab, he started firing at Omble, the witness added.

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