Ten year old girl identifies Kasab in court

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MUMBAI: A ten-year-old girl, rendered disabled during 26/11 terror strikes, on Wednesday identified in court arrested gunman Mohammed Ajmal Amir

Kasab as one of the two gunmen who had fired indiscriminately at passengers inside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Devika Rotawan, the youngest eyewitness to depose in the terror strikes trial, was asked by the court if she could identify the gunman among the three accused present in the dock. All three accused, including Kasab stood in the dock, and the ten-year-old pointed at the Pakistani gunman. He, however, did not react.

Describing the events on the night of November 26 Devika said, "There was a loud explosion, at that time my father said we should leave and holding me in his arms he started running in one direction while my brother ran in another direction."

"Just as we were leaving I saw two persons firing at people. I received a bullet injury in my right leg," she said.

"My leg broke, and blood spilled out," Devika said. Devika was among three witnesses to depose before the court regarding the terror strike at the CST rail terminus.

Her father, Natwarlal, and a Assistant Police Inspector who were injured in the firing at the terminus, also deposed before the court today.

The ten-year-old, who uses crutches to walk, was assisted by her father in walking inside the courtroom. She preferred to depose in Hindi as her brother and father looked on.

Devika Rotawan's father breaks down before special court

Natwarlal Rotwan, an eyewitness and father of a ten-year-old girl who was injured in the terror strike, broke down when asked by the court if he could identify the gunman who had fired indiscriminately at people in the busy rail terminus in south Mumbai.

"It is that fellow who is sitting there. He should be hanged," an emotional Rotwan told the court, pointing at Kasab.

"He has hurt my daughter and should be hanged," he said. When Special judge M L Tahaliyani asked him to calm down, Rotawan said, "only one who gets hurt understands the pain."

Looking at Kasab, he said, "Do such people have any compassion? Does he not have any parents? It's the question of my girl's life."

Rotawan, a 45-year-old who hails from Sumerpur in Rajasthan, told the court he was travelling with his daughter and son to Pune on November 26 night.

They were waiting on a bench at the main waiting hall of CST when he heard a loud explosion, Rotawan said.

Two terrorists were firing at people and one of them was tall while the other was short, Rotawan told the court. "I decided to leave the main hall but while I was running away my daughter was injured," Rotawan said.

Source: Timesofindia


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