The National Investigation Agency has stepped in and registered a First Information Report against Lashkar-e-Tayiba [ Images ] terrorist Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal and his associate Fayaz Kagazi for further investigation in the 26/11 Mumbai [ Images ] attacks. Vicky Nanjappa reports.
The NIA, which is probing the 26/11 case involving the David Headley [ Images ] angle, will also probe the Jundal case, since they feel there is a common link between the two cases. In addition to this, they will also probe Fayaz Kagazi's role, who is a close aide of Abu Jundal.
According to NIA officials, Kagazi is holed up in Saudi Arabia, and efforts are on to bring him back to India [ Images ].
Like Jundal, Kagazi is also a resident of Beed in central Maharashtra [ Images ], and was closely associated with him during the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul. It is also alleged that he had played a part in the 2010 German bakery blasts case.
The NIA is looking to find if Kagazi had any role to play in the 26/11 attacks because of his close association with Jundal. It is alleged that the two underwent training in the Poonch sector under the Lashkar-e-Tayiba at the same time. It is also stated that the duo were together during the Aurangabad arms haul.
With the NIA, a centralised agency, stepping in, it is likely to end the turf war between the police of various states.
Image: Abu Jindal -- then and now