The NIA probe into the operations of Mumbai 26/11 handler Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal has led the agency to recover Rs 26.50 lakh cash for a house in Beed,Maharashtra. The house belonging to one Nizamuddin was raided by the NIA,which,along with the money,recovered a pen drive and a hard disk.
Nizamuddin has told the court that he got the money by selling his plot of land. Father of one of the suspects Zakiyoddin,he has also deposited money in the name of his son. Preliminary income-tax reports claim that one Syed Mehmood who reportedly bought the land from Nizamuddin does not have the wherewithal to pay such a big amount. However,a final report is awaited. But the NIA had on Thursday filed a chargesheet against him alleging that the money was meant to fund terrorist activities.
Before Ansari was deported from Saudi Arabia last year,the NIA had registered a case against LeT member Fayaz Kagazi and others. In its chargesheet,the NIA had accused Jundal of making attempts to recruit people to LeT in 2011 and 2012. The NIA as part of the probe had raided various locations in Mumbai and Beed.
The NIA officials said Kagazi,who is on the run,had mentored youths from the state,three of whom were involved in 2012 bombing attempt in Pune. Ansari reportedly taking Hindu to 10 LeT terrorists who attacked Mumbai in November 2008. He had allegedly issued instructions during the attack to two terrorists holed up inside Nariman House, a Jewish outreach centre,from a control room in Karachi.
The NIA officials,Ansari and his team scouted for terror recruits using internet and chat identity. Meanwhile,on Friday,district judge I S Mehta issued production warrant against Ansari,currently lodged in a Mumbai jail,directing the jail authorities to produce him before the court on April 25. The court is yet to take the cognisance of the chargesheet filed by the NIA.