Final arguments in Kasab's case to begin on March 9

Final arguments in Kasab's case to begin on March 9

With Kasab's lawyer K P Pawar is likely to stress on his statement in the court that he had come from Pakistan by Samjhauta Express as a tourist to Delhi and from there arrived in Mumbai a few days before the attacks, the prosecution led by Ujjwal Nikam would be putting forward arguments to disapprove the claims.

Special Public Prosecutor Nikam would also have to demolish Kasab's stand that he was not injured in police encounter and that the injury sustained by him in his hand was inflicted by police to implicate him in the crime.

The prosecution's case is that Kasab had sailed from Karachi along with nine terrorists in a boat and midway they hijacked Indian fishing trawler Kuber by which they arrived near Mumbai coast. They were carrying a dingy (rubber boat) with the help of which they landed on the shores of the city.

After landing in Mumbai the terrorists, in pairs of two and four, fanned out to different areas and shot at people in Hotel Taj, Hotel Trident, Leopold Cafe, Nariman House, CST and Cama hospital, killing 166 persons and injuring many others. Kasab has disputed prosecution's charge that he and other terrorists had opened fire with AK-47 rifles and told the court that he had never seen such a weapon.

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