A special court on Wednesday issued fresh non-bailable warrants against 12 Pakistanis for their alleged role in plotting the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. According to the prosecution, the names of these men cropped up during the interrogation of arrested accused Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal.
Special Judge G A Sanap issued the warrants after Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam placed material from Ansari’s confessional statement before him.
“They all had a role in the conspiracy and provided help to the handlers in carrying out the terror attacks,” Nikam said.
The 12 names are: Major Sameer, Nadeem Shaheed, Sajid Mir, Yakub alias Commander, Ishanullah, Saad Shabbir, Kasim, Hassan, Rasheed Abdullah, Abu Osama, Imran and Abu Shoaib.
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According to the prosecution, Major Sameer is the prime accused among the 12 and Ansari was in constant touch with the handlers at the time of the attack.
Retired senior inspector Ramesh Mahale, who was the chief investigating officer in the case, said, “Nadeem played a key role in having Ansari join Lashkar-e-Toiba and took him to different training centres in Pakistan. He was sitting in the control room in Pakistan and giving directions to the handlers.”
Mahale said Major Sameer handed over around 2,000 rounds of ammunition to the handlers. Yakub took active part in discussing the terror plot sitting in the control room and lived with his family on the first floor of the same building in Karachi. These men discussed the modus operandi to carry out the attack with the handlers on the ground floor of the building, he said.
The Mumbai police, in December 2012, filed its chargesheet against Ansari and charged him on 22 counts, including criminal conspiracy, waging war against the nation, murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping for murder, cheating, forgery under the Indian Penal Code. Other charges are under sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Explosive Act, Explosive substance Act Prevention of damage to public property Act, Railways Act and Customs Act.