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Zahira unable to name all the dead

By Our Special Correspondent

MUMBAI, JAN. 17. The prime witness in the Best Bakery case, Zahira Sheikh, today said that 12 persons had died in the incident at Vadodara, but she knew the names of only half of them.

Continuing her deposition in the court of the Additional Sessions Judge, Abhay Thipsay, who is hearing the re-trial of the case, Zahira said she saw the bodies of three bakery workers — Prakash, Baliram and Rajesh — her sister Sabira and her neighbour, Aslam's wife and two children.

Zahira said some others too had died in the incident but she could not name them. She said she came to know of their deaths in hospital.

However, according to the prosecution, 14 people were killed in the incident and the bodies of Zahira's uncle, Kauser Ali, and another person, Lulla, were not found.

Earlier, Zahira refused to admit she knew any of her neighbours, including Aslam, who lived next to the bakery.

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