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Tuesday May 07, 2013 09:54:08 AM, Special Correspondent

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Mumbai: Information obtained under Right to Information (RTI) Act contradicted what had been claimed by the witnesses in the July 11, 2006 Mumbai train blast, an accused said in the Special Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) Court on Monday.


An eyewitness had in the court deposed that he had boarded the 05:15 p.m. train from Churchgate to Meera Road on July 11, 2006. However, the railway department in reply to a request filed under RTI said that there was no train at 05:15 p.m. on the day, Ehtesham Siddiqiui, an accused in the 26/11 Mumbai train blast said while deposing before the Special MCOCA court as witness.


Ehtesham Siddiqiui also presented the documents in the court to prove his points and said he was innocent and framed in the case.


Deposing before the court consecutively for the fourth day, Siddiqui also submitted the documents obtained under RTI that contradicts the statements made in front of the court by another witness.


"Hospital records obtained under RTI showed that it did not have any security guard with the name the witness claimed to have met on July 11, 2006 before boarding the train", Siddiqui said before the court.


One of the witnesses, who had recorded testimony against Ehtesham Siddiqui, had said in the court that he had traveled in the train in which the bomb blasts had taken place on July 11, 2006. He also said that before boarding the train he had met his friend who was working as security guard in a nearby hospital.


Siddiqui was deposing before the Special MCOCA court after telecom companies submitted the call records of the accused in the court.


The accused after submission of the call records had petitioned before the court to depose as witnesses.


On July 11, 2006 -- RDX laden bombs ripped the first class compartments of seven local trains in the Western Railways during peak evening hours. The blasts took place within the span of 11 minutes between 6.24 PM to 6.35 PM.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) probing the case had arrested 13 alleged members of SIMI and LeT for carrying out the blasts. The agency had charged them under various sections of Indian Penal Code, MCOCA and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.













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