Mumbai: The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) on Thursday declared one witness in the July 2006 train blast case as hostile.

According to the prosecution, the witness who is a relative of accused Mohammed Faisal Sheikh had told the police that some of the accused were members of banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

He told the police that the accused had undergone the terror training in Pakistan. However in the court the witness said that he was detained by the ATS and was tortured and threatened before recording his statement.
 
Defence advocate Abdul Wahab Khan said that the witness told the court that he had made an affidavit saying that he faced threat to his life.

Seven RDX bombs kept in the first class coaches of Mumbai's suburban trains had exploded on July 11, 2006 killing 188 people and injuring 817 others.

(Agencies)