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Kasab identifies Jundal as a key conspirator

Mumbai, Aug 10 (): Nearly three years after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Ajmal Kasab, and his handler Abu Jundal were brought face to face on Thursday by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch.

The lone surviving attacker Ajmal Kasab and Jundal were questioned together for nearly one and half hours at the Arthur Road jail, said the police. When the interrogators brought both the accused face to face, Kasab identified Abu Jundal as one of the main plotters of the 26/11 attack.

Jundal was earlier believed to have told the interrogators that he was Kasab’s handler during the attack, and he had been a tutor who taught Hindi to Kasab. Jundal earlier had assumed that he apprised the conspirators of the topography of targets.

The Crime Branch, which took the custody of Syed Zabiuddin Ansari, alias Abu Jundal on July 21, had brought the two accused face to face for the first time on Thursday evening after a go-ahead order was issued by the Maharashtra government.

Jundal, a native of Beed district of Maharashtra, was arrested in the 26/11 case after he was apprehended by the Delhi police in another case after being deported from Saudi Arabia in June this year.

Even though Kasab claimed that Jundal has a role of making stronger India’s claim that attacks were planned in Pakistan, it is yet to be decided by the neighbouring country whether they would give enough weightage while prosecuting the conspirators arrested there.

Pakistan has already demanded for a second visit by a judicial commission to India, as the Pakistan court said the proceedings of the previous visit by the panel could not be taken as evidence as it was not allowed to cross-examine Indian witnesses.

Jundal had revealed maximum information to the interrogators, in which he had also claimed about the control room in Karachi and said that they had done their best to guard it as they feared that the Indians may attack the unit. The control room was destroyed, following the operation as they did not wish to leave even a single clue since it was located in a high-profile area in Karachi.

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