26/11: Witness Says Kasab Shot ASI Tukaram Omble

Mumbai police sub-inspector and key 26/11 witness, Bhaskar Kadam on Friday identified Amal Amir Kasab as the man who used an AK-47 to pump bullets into slain Mumbai cop Tukaram Omble during the infamous terror strikes in the commercial capital that left over 180 killed and scores injured. Kasab is the lone Pakistani caught alive during the carnage.

Kadam, says he was one of the officers who fired at Abu Ismail, who was moving in a Skoda car along with Kasab in the Girgaum area of Mumbai on Friday, November 26 2008.

During examination, by Special Public Prosecutor –Ujjwal Nikam, Kadam told the court that while Ismail sustained serious injuries, Kasab flung open the left hand door of the vehicle and pretended to fall down.

The witness added that Kasab, the prime accused in the case, opened fire on Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Omble and Assistant Inspector Sanjay Govilkar as they approached the bullet ridden Skoda.

Omble sustained bullet wounds as he pounced at Kasab in an attempt to disarm him. A police team later overpowered the attacker and captured his assault rifle, he said.

A police van rushed Omble and Govilkar to a hospital in the vicinity while Ismail and Kasab were taken to another medical facility in an ambulance. Added the witness.

Recounting the incident, Kadam, earlier said that he and other policemen of DB Marg police station got a message from the police 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 was quoted as saying by PTI.

Kadam also said that Ismail and Kasab raised their arms in surrender at seeing the police approaching the car.

Kadam said that Ismail fired at him from the car 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 was quoted as saying in media reports.

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