Hyderabad college principal testifies against KasabMay 19th, 2009 - 10:39 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, May 19 (IANS) The principal of a Hyderabad college Tuesday testified before the court hearing the Mumbai terror attacks case that the seven identity cards of his institution, recovered from Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab and his nine associates, were forged.
Principal C. Radhakrishnan of Arunodaya Degree and Post-Graduate College, told Judge M.L. Tahilyani that the identity cards were not issued by his institution.
“These identity cards were prepared manually. Our college prepares only computerized ID cards along with the photograph of the student and bears his/her signature along with the principal’s signature. These cards do not have my signature,” principal Radhakrishnan said.
Radhakrishnan said he knew each and every student personally and recognized them, so Kasab and his nine associates were never students of the Hyderabad-based college, as shown in the fake I-cards.
He said the college maintains the complete records of all its students which include their age, blood group, the year of admission, the date of issuing the I-card along with his/her photograph.
The principal also emphatically said that every year the college “hardly take any students from outside” Andhra Pradesh.
Shortly after the Nov 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, the police had recovered seven I-cards from the bodies of the killed terrorists.
They bore the names of students like Samir Chowdhary (found from Kasab), Ramesh Verma (found from Kasab’s associate, Abu Ismail, gunned down in the Chowpatty encounter early Nov 27), Rohit Patil, Arjun Kumar, Dinesh Kumar, Raghuvir Singh and Arun Sharma.