Published on Jul 1, 2012
Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Hamza alias Abu Jundal, a much-wanted terrorist who was among six instructors or handlers of the men who attacked Mumbai on 26/11 has been arrested by the Delhi Police. 166 people died in that attack in 2008.
Home Minister P Chidambaram has confirmed that Ansari is in Indian custody. "The person who goes by the pseudonym of Abu Jundal has been apprehended and remanded to the custody of our law enforcement agencies," he said. Police sources said Ansari has been arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the Explosives Act and the Passport Act.
The arrest of Ansari, who has an Interpol red corner notice against him, is being looked at as a big breakthrough in the Mumbai 26/11 investigations. He is named in both the case chargesheet and the dossier that India has handed to Pakistan. This is the first time that investigating agencies have in their custody a man who was on the inside of the 26/11 plot. Mumbai police have reportedly asked a local court for a production warrant to seek his custody.
During his interrogation, Jundal confessed his role in the country's worst terror attack and admitted that he was present in the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) control room in Karachi and was giving direction to the 10 terrorists who carried out the strike. Jundal took a particular name and his specific task in executing the 26/11 attack.
The interrogators suspect that this person was an ISI officer who was closely involved in executing the terror strike.
After 26th November 2008, Jundal, a native of Beed district in Maharashtra, stayed in Pakistan for sometime before leaving to Saudi Arabia where he was working as a teacher.
He has at least ten aliases and the first tip-off about his presence in Saudia Arabia was given by a terrorist who was arrested in connection with the Jama Masjid blast. Jundal also stayed for sometime in Bangladesh.
Sources said Jundal's voice sample is being sent for matching with those which were intercepted by the security agencies during the attack.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is also expected to take custody of Jundal for further interrogation.
Lashkar terrorist Abu Hamza's confession proves that "state actors" from Pakistan were aware of the attacks being unleashed upon Mumbai during the 26/11 massacre, Home Minister P Chidambaram said today. Hamza, who belongs to Maharashtra, was deported from Saudi Arabia to Delhi earlier this month. He has since provided India with crucial details of how its worst-ever terror attack was designed and executed.
"We were tracking him for over a year. His confession proves that there was state support or state actors' support for 26/11 massacre," the minister told reporters at press conference. He also confirmed that Hamza was in a "control room" in Pakistan when the 26/11 attacks began in Mumbai in 2008.
As expected, Pakistan govt. has started denying all charges against ISI and Pak military playing an active role in hatching up the heinous plan of 26//11 Mumbai terror attacks after Abu hamza's arrest at New Delhi's IGI airport, stating all these porceedings as indian media and Indian govt drama, intentionally created to defame the image of ISI and Pak military
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