The lone surviving Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab and two Indians, facing the 26/11 terror attack trial, on Wednesday told a special court that they were not aware about the persons who had taken bodies of the victims from terror sites to hospitals.
The three accused also informed Judge M.L. Tahaliyani that they had no knowledge that inquest ‘panchanamas’ of the bodies found at the terror sites had been drawn by independent witnesses.
The trio said they were not aware that blood samples of deceased victims had been sent by police to forensic laboratories for chemical analysis.
Kasab, Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed were answering questions put to them by the court on 43 affidavits of witnesses filed by the prosecution.
These witnesses were not personally examined but their evidence was adduced by affidavits and the accused were asked to make statements on what they had to say about them.
In another development, a witness told Kasab’s lawyer K.P. Pawar in cross-examination that he had collected the blood samples taken from bodies of slain policemen Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salaskar on December 5, 2008, and gave them over to a forensic laboratory here the next day.
However, he could not explain why the blood samples were handed over to forensic laboratory one day later.
The court closed recording of evidence and deferred the matter to March 9 for final arguments.