CD shows Kasab ‘assaulting prison guards’

via PTI published on September 28, 2010

MUMBAI: The prosecution today produced before the Bombay High Court a CCTV footage of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab assaulting the prison staff to oppose his plea for a closed-door interview with his lawyers. The terror convict, known to throw tantrums in jail and the courtroom during his high-profile trial in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, assaulted the jail staff on September 1 and the scene was claimed to have been captured by the CCTV cameras installed in his cell.

The CD was submitted by government counsel Ujjwal Nikam. The High Court bench headed by Justice Ranjana Desai hearing confirmation of death sentence to Kasab pass an order tomorrow on whether Kasab’s plea for interview with his counsels within the sight of the security staff but not within earshot could be granted.

“The incident occurred on September 1 when Kasab was performing some illegal act and jail staff had to intervene. He (Kasab) assaulted prison officials which is clearly shown in the CD,” Nikam told the court without elaborating on what prompted intervention by the jail authorities.

“Kasab is a trained commando and with swift movements and he can pose a great danger to his own life as well as to the guards,” Nikam said and submitted an affidavit filed by the jailor opposing the Pakistani’s request for an interview with his lawyers which should not be within hearing distance of jail staff. .

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