ATS obtains transfer warrant against Abu Jundal

Abu Jundal

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) late on Wednesday obtained a transfer warrant against suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal (30) arrested on June 21 at the IGI airport in Delhi in connection with the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case. The ATS is seeking his custody in connection with the Pune German Bakery blast case in which he has been chargesheeted. ATS judge Swarup Bose issued the transfer warrant against Jundal after the ATS moved an application.

"We moved an application on Wednesday evening requesting the court to issue a transfer warrant against Jundal. The court allowed our application and the transfer warrant has been issued so that we can seek his custody in the German Bakery blast case," said Sanjay Latkar, deputy inspector general of police (ATS).

He added that the ATS will approach Tis Hazari court in Delhi seeking Jundal's custody after his custody with the Delhi police ends on July 5. The Delhi court had on Wednesday asked the Mumbai crime branch, which had sought his custody for the Mumbai terror attack case, to wait till July 5, after the Delhi Police told the court they could not give Ansari's custody as their own investigations are on.

While the Mumbai police had got a production warrant in connection with the Mumbai terror attacks, another has been issued by the MCOCA court in connection with the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. The third warrant was issued by a Nashik court in connection with a 2010 case in which two alleged LeT operatives were caught for possession of 2 kg RDX and other bomb-making material. Jundal is named as wanted in the case.

The ATS chargesheet in the German Bakery blast case states that Jundal, Mirza Himayat Inayat Baig - he has been arrested and is facing trial in Pune - and absconding accused Fayyaz Kagzi were from Beed and old friends. The chargesheet says Baig, Jundal and Kagzi visited Colombo in March 2008, where they hatched the terror plots. Ansari and Kagzi are said to have imparted training to Baig to assemble and trigger explosive devices. "They also gave money to Baig to purchase explosive devices and fund the travel of indoctrinated Muslim youth who desired to undergo terror training in Pakistan," the ATS chargesheet states.

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