Abu Jundal convicted in 2006 arms haul case..

Abu Jundal convicted in 2006 arms haul case..

Arguments on quantum of punishment from today.

Abu Jundal convicted in 2006 arms haul case..

Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, a key handler of the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorists, was on Thursday convicted along with 11 others in the sensational Aurangabad arms haul case of 2006.

Additional Sessions Judge Shrikant Anekar, who presided over a special court set up under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), convicted 12 of the 22 accused. From Friday, arguments on quantum of sentence would be held in the court.

Though the court dropped charges of MCOCA, it has accepted prosecution’s case that the aim of the convicted accused was to create terror in the minds of people and to eliminate leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was then the Gujarat chief minister, and Right-wing leader Pravin Togadia to avenge the victims of Gujarat riots.

Though he was the last to be caught, Sayyed Jabiuddin Sayyed Jakiuddin alias Jabi alias Riyasat Ali alias Abu Jundal, was the key accused who faced trial after he was brought here from Saudi Arabia.

On May 8, 2006, the seizures started in Aurangabad and then spread to Khultabad, Yeola and Malegaon. As many as 16 AK-47 rifles, 3,200 live cartridges, 43 kg of RDX and 50 hand grenades were sized. Soon after the seizures started, Ansari got the wind of it and escaped to Bangladesh and subsequently to Pakistan, where he joined his Lashkar-e-Toiba bosses. He was involved in training fidayeens, particularly enabling them to converse in Hindi. He was also present in the control room in Karachi when the 26/11 attack was being carried out.

This fact came to light when Kasab, during the trial before the then Additional Sessions Judge M L Tahiliyani, told the court about one Abu Jundal who had trained them how to speak in Hindi.

In 2012, he was caught in Saudi Arabia and he was brought to India by efforts of investigative and intelligence agencies.

“All the accused have been acquitted of the MCOCA charges,” said Mobin Solkar, one of the defence lawyers in the case.