Mumbai police to confront Jindal with Kasab
Having sought the custody of alleged LeT handler of 26/11 terrorists Abu Jundal from a Delhi court, Mumbai police are now gearing up to confront him with the lone surviving perpetrator of the brazen attacks Ajmal Kasab.
"We hope to get the custody of Jindal at the earliest so that we can grill him. We would also like to
confront him with Kasab," a senior crime branch officer told PTI.
Requesting anonymity, the officer said Jundal's interrogation will throw "complete light" on what went before, during and after the audacious strike in Pakistan, where the conspiracy was hatched.
A separate trial would be held against Jundal for his role in the 26/11 attacks, he said.
Mumbai police's Crime Branch today moved Delhi Chief Metropolitan Magistrate seeking Jindal's custody in connection with various cases of murder, attempt to murder and other offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Arms Act, being probed by them.
Ending a 43-month international hunt, Sayed Zabiuddin alias Abu Jindal, was arrested on his arrival in the national capital on June 21 after being deported by Saudi Arabia on India's request. He is currently in the custody of Special Cell of Delhi Police.
30-year-old Zabiuddin is an Indian national who is claimed to have issued directions to the 10 Pakistani perpetrators of the 26/11 attacks from a 'control room' in that country. The bloody mayhem had claimed 166 lives including foreigners.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra ATS is also preparing to seek Jundal's custody in the February, 2010 bomb blast at Pune's popular German Bakery, close to Osho Ashram and Jewish Chabad House, that left 17 dead and 65 wounded.
The ATS will also seek his custody in Aurangabad Arms haul case.
The charge sheet in German Bakery blast case mentions Jundal among the six wanted accused, all co-conspirators. The others named are Mohsin Choudhary, Yasin Bhatkal, Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Faiyaz Kagzi.
An ATS officer, who requested anonymity, said Jundal's name came up during the interrogation of Himayat Baig, arrested in Pune on September 7, 2010 for allegedly planting the bomb at German Bakery.
Kasab had told the special court during the trial that a man named Abu Jindal had taught Hindi to the 10 attackers. Jundal was the only Indian among the handlers and his use of chaste Hindi words like 'prashasan' (administration) was a giveaway.
In the Aurangabad arms case, an ATS team had chased a Tata Sumo and an Indica car on the Chandwad-Manmad highway on May 8, 2006, and arrested three terror suspects, while seizing a huge cache of 30 kg RDX, 10 AK-47s and 3,200 bullets.
The Indica, which was allegedly driven by Jundal, who hails from Georai in Maharashtra's Beed district, however, managed to escape. Jundal allegedly drove to Malegaon, handed the vehicle over to an acquaintance, and vanished.
Investigators later seized 13 kg of RDX and six AK-47s from Malegaon and 50 grenades from Ankai village near Manmad in Nashik district, police said.
A month later, Jundal, one of the six children of an insurance agent, fled to Bangladesh before crossing over to Pakistan, police said, adding 21 terror suspects were behind the bars in the Aurangabad arms haul case.