In a small library in Beed, Ansari and mates rehearsed lessons in terror

Alleged 26/11 handler Zabiuddin Ansari or 'Abu Jundal' was instrumental set up a library in his native Beed which became a meeting point and indoctrination centre for educated, radicalised youths, many of whom are accused in the German Bakery blast and Aurangabad arms haul, sources in the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad said.

Ansari was arrested in Delhi on June 21. The library was set up around 2005. Ansari is wanted in the Aurangabad arms and RDX haul case of May 2006, the Ahmedabad railway station blast of February 2006, and bombing of Pune's German Bakery in February 2010.

"Investigations have revealed that these youths, radicalised in the years following the Gujarat riots, came together around 2005. They were well educated. Ansari, Mirza Himayat Baig and Fayaz Kagzi have been chargesheeted in the German Bakery case, and Amir Shakeel, who is in jail, in the Aurangabad case," an ATS officer said.

Ansari has an MA degree and has completed an electrician's course; Kagzi has a degree in food technology. The library that they set up was in a small room near a mosque, where the youths met.

"We believe that they underwent indoctrination here. The names of Ansari and Shakeel surfaced after the ATS seized a large quantity of RDX, AK-47 rifles and ammunition from a Tata Sumo on May 9, 2006. More explosives, arms and ammunition from the same lot was found three days later near Nashik," the officer said.

The ATS is learnt to have pictures of Ansari, Kagzi and Baig together in the Beed library. "Along with the pictures, we seized jehadi literature. They are from the time when these men were members of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Ansari is thought to have been present at a meeting in Colombo where the plot to bomb German Bakery was hatched," the officer said.

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