Court records statements of 2005 Delhi blasts witnesses

July 26th, 2008 - 8:23 pm ICT by IANS  


New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) A court here Saturday recorded the statements of two Delhi Police officers and a hotel receptionist in connection with the serial bomb blasts that rocked the capital in 2005, killing at least 60 people. Recording their statements before Additional Sessions Judge Babulal, Sub-Inspector Raj Kumar Atri deposed that on getting the information about one of the blasts he reached the spot, saw a damaged Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus and helped the injured. He also got them admitted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Police constable Rajkumar also read out the diary entry he had made when he received a phone call informing him of the blasts.

The court also recorded the statement of a city-based hotel receptionist who deposed that one suspicious man identified as D. Mishra stayed in the hotel for two days and left soon after the serial blasts.

The court will continue recording statements of witnesses Aug 2. It has recorded the statement of Kuldeep Singh, bus driver, and other DTC staff members.

Singh suffered injuries in the blast and is still battling to regain his vision.

Three blasts took place in the capital Oct 29, 2005, one at the crowded Sarojini Nagar market, another in the Paharganj market and third in a bus in Govindpuri, killing at least 60 people and injuring over 100.

Five people have been arrested and charged with murder and sedition for carrying out the blasts.

Tariq Ahmed Dar, the alleged mastermind of the bombings, has been charged with waging war against the country and murder, among other charges.

Mohammed Rafiq Shah, Mohammed Hussain Fazli and Farooq Ahmed Batloo have been booked for criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder and sections of the explosives act while the fifth accused Ghulam Ahmed Khan has also been booked under the explosives act.

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