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26/11 supplementary chargesheet: Jundal, key conspirator

October 16, 2012 18:37 IST
The Mumbai police on Tuesday filed a supplementary chargesheet in the 26/11 terror attack case naming Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal as one of the key conspirators.

The crime branch filed a voluminous 14,676-page chargesheet in the court of Additional Metropolitan Magistrate P S Rathod, according to Joint Commissioner Himanshu Roy.

Jundal, a native of Maharashtra's Beed district, had taught Hindi to the lone surviving 26/11 gunman Ajmal Kasab and his nine accomplices, all of whom had been felled in the counter-offensive launched by Indian security forces during the brazen attacks, in order to hide their Pakistani identity.

Jundal, according to intelligence agencies, was present in the control room set up at Karachi during the assault and was giving instructions to the terrorists holed up inside Nariman House, a Jewish outreach centre.

Roy said the chargesheet includes the names of 1,783 witnesses and 47 others who are wanted in connection with the attacks.

Jundal was subjected to custodial interrogation after he was brought to Mumbai from Delhi where he had been arrested following his deportation from Saudi Arabia in June this year.

The attacks at Mumbai's landmarks including the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station and Taj Mahal Hotel had left 166 dead and many more injured.

The 26/11 handler was also allegedly involved in other terror-related cases in Maharashtra including the Aurangabad arms haul case, 2010 German Bakery blast in Pune and the plan to attack police academy in Nashik.

 

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