Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, a suspected key handler of the 26/11 attacks, now claims that he was only in-charge of instructing the team of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists who made their way into Chabad House, popularly known as Nariman House, in Colaba market.
Jundal says he had not orchestrated the entire operation – attacks at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, The Oberoi Trident, Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Leopold CafÃ©, Cama Hospital, Chabad House, Metro Cinema, and a lane behind a daily’s building – and that he had only been given the task of instructing the team at Nariman House.
Jundal claims that the two terrorists, Imran and Bashar, who had held hostages at Nariman House, with whom he was in constant touch, had only done his bidding.
Jundal also revealed that several locals had assisted the terror outfit in carrying out the attacks by providing it with vital information.”We are probing the role of locals in the attacks and we will call them for questioning as and when they are identified,” said a senior crime branch officer.
The crime branch is also trying to find out the number of times Jundal visited India after fleeing to Pakistan in 2006 post-seizure by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad of a consignment of 43kg of RDX, 50 hand grenades, 16 AK-47 rifles and over 3,000 live bullets he, with others, was ferrying on the Chandaud-Manmad Highway in Aurangabad.
Jundal also claims to have recruited several boys from Beed district, who were sent for terror training to Pakistan.
“…We want to find out the terror outfit’s plans to attack India and if Jundal was a part of them as well as the chosen locations of the attacks,” the crime branch officer said.
Jundal was put in custody of the crime branch of the Mumbai police till July 31 by the Esplanade court for his involvement in the 26/11 terror attacks after the Delhi police handed him over to the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad. The LeT operative is under tight security, with only six police officers being allowed to interrogate him.
Source: Daily News & Analysis