LeT operative Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal,alleged prime conspirator of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks,was today arrested and produced before a local court which remanded him to police custody till July 31.
Thirty-year-old Jundal’s custody was sought by special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam,who said Jundal had taught Hindi to the terrorists and gave them instructions from a control room in Pakistan on the operations of terror attacks in Mumbai.
Jundal,who hails from the Beed district of Maharashtra,was produced before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S S Shinde
at Esplanade Court here amidst tight security after a Delhi
Court handed over his custody to the ATS on Friday.
The 26/11 key handler is also required in other cases in Maharashtra such as the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case,the
2010 German Bakery blast and the plan to attack Nashik
Academy. However,his custody in these cases would be taken after police questioned him in the terror attack case.
CMM Shinde ordered that Jundal be handed over to Mumbai Crime Branch as ATS said they had no objection if he was first interrogated in the November 26 terror attack case of 2008.
Jundal,sporting a beard,was then produced before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate P S Rathod in the
same building of the Esplanade Court who remanded him to
police custody till July 31 in the 26/11 terror attack case.
This is the second arrest in the 26/11 case,the first was that of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab,the lone surviving terrorist who was convicted earlier for his role in the terror attacks. He is currently lodged in Central prison here and is awaiting outcome of his appeal against a death sentence awarded to him.
ACMM Rathod asked Jundal whether he had anything to say or make a complaint,to which he replied in the negative.
Nikam argued that Jundal,who was booked under the provisions of IPC and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act,was a key conspirator in the Mumbai terror attacks and was present in the control room set up in Pakistan to handle the
terrorists through remote control.
Prosecutor Nikam said the police had intercepted telephonic talks between Jundal and terrorists who had captured Nariman House in South Mumbai during the terror attacks. Jundal was heard giving them instructions in Hindi on the terror operations from the Control room in Pakistan.
Nikam submitted that the Crime Branch wanted to question Jundal to know from him about the others present in the
Control room in Pakistan,particularly the army officers of
the neighbouring country.
Nikam said that Kasab too had corroborated the role of Jundal in the 26/11 terror attacks saying he was their Hindi teacher and had instructed them about the terror attacks. Hence Jundal would be confronted with Kasab to adduce evidence,he told the court.
The prosecutor further said the Crime Branch would also like to find out from Jundal how he had escaped to Pakistan from India and also his links in India and in the neighbouring country.
Police also wanted to know from Jundal the names of the army officers who were present at the time of training imparted to the terrorists by the perpetrators of the terror
The 26/11 attacks had international ramifications and were the outcome of a deep-rooted conspiracy hatched in Pakistan.
Jundal’s continuous interrogation was needed to unearth the
criminal conspiracy,Nikam said.
He said during the interrogation of Kasab,the police had gathered enough evidence against Jundal and needed his custody to collect more evidence required in this case.
The prosecution has alleged that Kasab and nine others had come from Pakistan through the sea-route and opened fire indiscriminately killing 166 people in November 2008.