MUMBAI: An eyewitness told an anti-terror court here on Thursday that he had escaped bullets fired by a terrorist in Nariman House, a Jewish centre, on November 26 last, and also described the gunman who had shot at him.
Deposing before Judge M L Tahaliyani, Kazi Zakir Hussain (21), a housekeeper/cook at Nariman House, said he was scared to see the terrorist and ran for cover.
“That day, after cleaning rooms on upper storeys of the building, I came down on the first floor….I saw a gunman on the second floor…he looked at me and fired but I ducked and ran into a storeroom along with Sandra, also a cleaner,” Hussain told special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.
The duo hid themselves in the storeroom the whole night and came out at 11am the next day when they saw a two-year-old child weeping.
“Sandra picked up the child and then we went to police station to file a complaint. My statement was recorded on December 11,” Hussain said.
To a query by the prosecutor, the witness said the child was Maushi, son of Nariman House caretaker Gabriel.
The police case is that the child’s parents and some Jewish guests were killed by terrorists.
Asked to describe the terrorist (identified later as Abu Umar alias Nasir), the witness said he was 22-23 years and about 5 feet in height. He was wearing blue jeans.
When he was shown I-Card recovered from the slain terrorist, Hussain said, “he had shot at me.”