Abu Jundal handled 26/11 terrorists, assigned them roles

Abu Jundal arrest

Ajmal Kasab, the lone 26/11 gunman caught alive, had not only identified arrested LeT terrorist Abu Jundal as one of the handlers who issued instructions to the perpetrators during the strike but also as one who assigned them roles.

Kasab had told the trial court that Jundal, along with Abu Hamza and LeT Commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi used to recruit young terrorists and decide which boys to send and where, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said.

"Jundal was in the inner layer of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and had thorough knowledge of the roles assigned to terrorists," Nikam said, adding Kasab had revealed these in his admission of guilt in the trial court.

In the telephonic intercepts during the brazen attacks between the 26/11 terrorists and their handlers in Karachi, one of the handlers is heard telling a gunman, "now speak to Abu Jundal. Then that person (Jundal) talks to terrorists", Nikam said.

Kasab had told the court that Jundal was among the handlers who telephonically instructed the terrorists during the Nariman House siege to tell the media that they were Indians from the Deccan region.

Kasab, he said, had named Jundal, Hamza and Lakhvi as among those who saw the 10 terrorists off at Karachi coast before they set sail on their diabolical mission.

Nikam said Jundal's voice sample will be taken for spectography test and it will be matched with the one figuring in the intercepted telephonic conversation. "If that matches with Jundal's voice then it will be a strong evidence against him," he said.

After interrogating Jundal, police may file a supplementary charge sheet against him and put him on trial, Nikam said.

Jundal's arrest can be termed as a "milestone" in 26/11 investigations and now the onus will be on Pakistan to give proof to India in this case, he said.

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