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Maharashtra ATS moves court to question Abu Jundal

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Jun 28, 2012 at 11:21am IST

Mumbai: After Mumbai Crime Branch, the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad has also produced a production warrant in Delhi's Tis Hazari court for key 26/11 conspirator Abu Jundal's interrogation. An ATS team will soon go to Delhi for other procedures.

The ATS wants to question him regarding the Aurangabad arms haul case of May 2006 and the German Bakery blast case of February 2010. The ATS also wants to question him regarding the sleeper cells active in Maharashtra and about his alleged connections with the Indian Mujahideen.

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The Indian Mujahideen was allegedly behind the 13/7 serial blasts in Mumbai in 2011 and the ATS had filed a chargesheet in the case last month.

Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will continue questioning him on Wednesday. The Intelligence Bureau and Delhi Police officials also interrogated Jundal on Tuesday.

Sources say Jundal has given inputs about the Lashkar-e-Toiba's sleeper cells in the country to the police, based on which, police teams will be carrying out raids across Maharashtra. Police say Jundal used a different name in each incident he was involved in and has been questioned about all terror attacks that took place in the past six to seven years.

Sources say that Abu Jundal was involved with all aspects of 26/11 attack. He admitted that the planning for the attack began in early 2008. Jundal told interrogators that he knows top operatives of other terror groups including Indian Mujahideen's Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal and used to meet them in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Jundal has told interrogators he was sent to Saudi Arabia by LeT to recruit Indians living in the kingdom and raise finances. He also said he had used a Pakistani passport with the active help of the ISI.

Jundal's questioning also revealed he was first arrested by Saudi authorities a year ago and remained jailed for several months before being deported. Sources said the fact he is an Indian made his deportation easier, a key development which was played down by the government.

Sources said Jundal was more critical as unlike Ajmal Kasab, who was a foot soldier, Jundal was in the control room and a key part of planning.

The Mumbai Crime Branch will now want to confront Jundal with Kasab, the foot soldier who carried out the attacks, and corroborate evidence provided by the latter with those of Jundal, with his voice samples being the key.

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