Mumbai: An eight-member Pakistan judicial commission will today inspect a rubbery dinghy, its Yamaha engine, cellphones, GPS and other articles used by the 10 terrorists who carried out the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
The commission — currently in Mumbai to cross-examine four Indian witnesses in connection with the ongoing trial of seven suspects in a Pakistani court for their involvement in the terror attack — made a request before the court to examine these articles.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate P Y Ladekar enquired of Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who said that the articles lying at the Arthur Road Central Jail would be produced for the benefit of the visiting commission.
The 10 Pakistani terrorists had hijacked an Indian fishing vessel Kuber and later used the rubber dinghy to reach the Mumbai coast late evening on November 26, 2008 before carrying out the brutal terror attacks in various locations in south Mumbai.
In the three days of the attacks — which culminated in the killing of nine terrorists and capturing one identified as Ajmal Amir Kasab alive, 166 people were killed and several hundred left injured.
During the course of proceedings yesterday, two medicos, Shailesh Mohite and Ganesh Nithurkar, gave a brief account of the autopsies they performed on the bodies of the nine slain terrorists. However, the commission did not cross-examine them.
Nikam later informed media persons that perhaps the commission did not want to dispute the injuries caused to the terrorists or disagree about the number of casualties. He said that two remaining witnesses, magistrate R V Sawant-Waghule, who had recorded Kasab’s first confession on November 27, and 26/11 investigating officer Ramesh Mahale will depose today.
Earlier, the commission arrived on its second visit here to cross-examine the Indian witnesses amid stringent security in the court yesterday morning.