Ansari, before he became Abu Jundal

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Born on November 13, 1981, Syed Zabiuddin Sayed Zakiuddin Ansari alias Zabi alias Abu Jundal hails from Gevrai town in Beed district of Maharashtra. The son of a small-time insurance agent, he studied till Class 10 at a zilla parishad high school, and later went to the Indian Technical Institute in Beed where he did an electrical course. He is also reported to have worked for a private electrical contractor for some time.

He was known to be a polite youngster. In 2005, he shifted with his family from Gevrai to Hattikhana area in Beed town. He was pursuing a masters course at a college run by the Navgan Shikshan Sanstha in Beed, when he went into hiding.

Ansari is wanted in the Aurangabad arms haul of May 2006, the Ahmedabad railway station blast of February 2006 and the German Bakery blast in Pune in February 2010. But the Beed police say there is no offence registered against him in the district. Ansari's parents are believed to have shifted to Mazalgaon taluka in Beed. Their house in Hattikhana was found locked on Monday.

Ansari's initiation into the terror fold began with his proximity to SIMI members from Aurangabad like Mohammed Amir Shakeel Ahmed. He is believed to have undergone terror training along with Zulfiqar Fayyaz Kagazi Ahmed Kagzi — another accused in the Aurangabad arms haul and German Bakery blast — in Poonch, after coming into contact with Jammu and Kashmir-based LeT operative Khalid Sardana, who was arrested from Ahmedabad in September 2006.

AURANGABAD ARMS HAUL

The dossier with the intelligence agencies identifies Ansari as the one who, along with Fayyaz Kagzi, travelled to Kathmandu to meet LeT operator Abu Rehan, where the entire Aurangabad conspiracy was planned.

Acting on a tip-off on May 9, 2006, the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) chased and intercepted a Tata Sumo on the Aurangabad highway that was transporting RDX, 10 AK-47 assault rifles, and 2,000 rounds of ammunition hidden in CPUs and mango cartons. According to the ATS, the consignment was being sent to Gujarat and Hyderabad. Three persons, including Mohammed Amir Shakeel Ahmed, who were transporting the consignment were arrested. Although Ansari was following the Tata Sumo in a Tata Indica, he mysteriously managed to escape despite police vehicles tailing the Sumo and Indica, prompting speculation that Ansari was a mole of police and intelligence agencies who had gone rogue.

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