Mumbai, Aug.10 (ANI): Abu Jundal, one of the handlers of the 26/11 terror strike on Mumbai, has moved a court here to get his confession recorded. He was also interrogated for a second time with Ajmal Kasab, the lone Pakistani terrorist caught alive after the attacks.
According to police sources, in a similar interrogation conducted at the Arthur Road Jail yesterday, Kasab had identified Jundal as one of the handlers who instructed the team of 10 terrorists that struck Mumbai on November 26, 2008.
Jundal sent his application to a court on Friday to get his confession recorded.
After the Maharashtra Government permitted Mumbai Police on Thursday to question Kasab, the two men were brought together at the Arthur Road Jail, where Kasab is lodged in a bulletproof cell. The police interrogated the duo for one-and-a-half hours yesterday on the Mumbai attacks, say sources.
Kasab had named Jundal among 13 Pakistani handlers who, he said, had come to see the 10 terrorists off as they boarded the Al Hussain, the Pakistani ship, in which they sailed from Karachi to Mumbai on November 23, 2008.
There are also reports that Jundal might have shared a room with Kasab and his fellow terrorists when they received training at a Lashkar-e-Taiba camp.
Sources had said the police wanted to study the differences and discrepancies in the accounts of the two men about the planning and execution of the 26/11 attack.
The Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police had written to the state government last week, seeking to interrogate Kasab, who has been at the Arthur Road Jail since 2008.
Jundal, whose real name is Zaibuddin Ansari, was deported to India after his arrest in Saudi Arabia in June this year.
He is an Indian who was allegedly a member of the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen before joining the deadly Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Investigators say Abu Jundal is one of many aliases that Ansari is believed to have used as a Lashkar operative; it was as Jundal that he allegedly provided training to Kasab and the nine other men who attacked Mumbai.
Sources claim he shared with interrogators, details of ISI officers and top Lashkar leaders, who he says supervised the control room in Karachi from where he, along with five other handlers, instructed the 10 terrorists on the ground in Mumbai about how to strike.
Ansari is suspected to have been involved in several other terror attacks and plans in India like the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.
He was in jail in Delhi for a month before being shifted to Mumbai on July 21 to be interrogated in the 26/11 case.
A court has extended his custody with the crime branch till August 13. (ANI)