Kagzi scuttled terror plan involving kin, angered LeT brass

Fayaz Kagzi, an LeT operative from Beed wanted for the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case and the 2010 Pune German Bakery blast case, fell out of favour with his Lashkar bosses when he scuttled an initial plan to send a close relative, Masood alias Abu Zarar, back to India for a terror mission, 26/11 accused Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal told Mumbai Police.

Kagzi, who is believed to be living in Saudi Arabia under the alias Abdul Rahim, enjoyed a better position within the Lashkar but was sidelined from the 26/11 plot after disagreements with LeT commander and David Coleman Headley's handler Sajid Mir alias Wassi.

In his interrogation report prepared by the Mumbai Police, Ansari has revealed why Kagzi began to be viewed as a liability by the LeT top-brass. Jundal stated that after prayers one evening at the Bait-ul-Mujahideen camp in Muridke, he accompanied Kagzi to Lashkar commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi's tent to discuss a proposed terror operation in India involving Masood.

Kagzi then told Lakhvi, "Masood khud tayyar nahin hai. Aur woh tayyar bhi ho jaaye... usse bheja bhi to maara jayega. Aur uski tasveer akhbar mein aayegi. Uski wajah se uske gharwale pareshan ho jayenge. Aur jo hamare ladke bandh hain, unko bhi police padeshan karegi. (Masood is not willing to go. Even if he agrees... if he is sent, he will be killed. His photograph will appear in newspapers, and his family will be troubled. Our boys who are locked up will also face problems from the police.)

To this, Lakhvi seemed displeased but agreed not to send Masood on the mission. Jundal stated that he and Kagzi were certain that once Lakhvi had given his word, nobody in the LeT would be able to send Masood to India.

However, when Sajid Mir got to know of this, he got angry and told Kagzi and Jundal, "Kuch karte nahin. Jo karte hain, usko rok dete. (You don't do anything, and you stop those who do something.)

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