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Chargesheet filed against 26/11 handler in Aurangabad arms case

Posted on Nov 03, 09:45PM | UNI

The anti-terrorism squad (ATS) of Maharashtra police today filed a supplementary chargesheet against a handler of 26/11 Mumbai attack ,Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari, alias Abu Jundal, in the 2006 Aurangabad Arms haul case.

The chargesheet was filed in the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court where charges against 21 other accused in the same case were framed on August 17 this year, an ATS official said.

An operative of Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT), Jundal, who hails from Beed district of Maharashtra, had given a slip to an ATS team on on May 8, 2006 when they made a large seizure of 30 kg of RDX, 10 AK-47 assault rifles and 3,200 bullets from a Tata Sumo by intercepting it after a long and hard chase on Chandwad-Manmad highway near Aurangabad. Jundal, who was allegedly directing the arsenal to a certain destination in an Indica car, had managed to escape during the encounter between ATS sleuths and occupants of Tata Sumo.

Jundal drove to Malegaon and then handed over the car to an acquaintance. Later, he escaped to Bangladesh and then went to Pakistan on a fake passport, according to police. It was during his stay in Pakistan he directed 10 terrorists of the 26/11 attack on Mumbai from a 'control room' in Pakistan.

Barring Jundal, all 21 accused in the Aurangabad arms haul case were arrested in 2006 and charges framed against them by the Mumbai's MCOCA court on August 17.

Meanwhile,A Delhi court today issued a production warrant to Tihar Jail authorities to present Abu Jundal in the court on November 26.

District Judge I S Mehta issued the warrant against Jundal in a case filed by the National Investigation Agency(NIA).

Jundal, who was to be produced in the special NIA court today on the expiry of his judicial custody, could not be present as he is currently in the custody of Gujarat Police.

A magistrate court in Delhi had earlier handed the custody of Jundal to Gujarat Police till November 9 allowing them to interrogate him in connection with the Karnavati Express blast which had left 25 injured in Ahmedabad in 2006.

NIA in Delhi had booked Jundal for a conspiracy to organised terror attacks.

Jundal was arrested by Delhi Police on June 21 after he was flown to the city from Saudi Arabia where he had been living in the guise of a Pakistani national on the basis of Pakistani passport allegedly provided by Inter-services Intelligence(ISI) of Islamabad. It was only after matching DNA of Jundal with that of his India-based relative Saudis handed him over to Indian officials who brought him to Delhi.

Police said that Jundal along with other Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives like Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was present in the 'control room' in Pakistan for monitoring the November 26-28, 2008 Mumbai terror attack that left 166 people dead.

The court of Judge Mehta on October 20 had remanded Jundal to judicial custody till today after the NIA had said he was not required for further custodial interrogation in connection with the case.

Jundal had earlier been handed over to the ATS Mumbai after the Delhi Police had said he was no longer required to be interrogated by it in the Jama Masjid attack case.

Maharashtra ATS arrested him in the the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case on August 13. He is also wanted by the ATS in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, the 2010 German bakery blast and the Nashik Academy attack.