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Abu Jundal, the 26/11 Mumbai terror plot’s Indian operative
Intelligence agencies believe Syed Zabiuddin Zakiuddin Ansari, who goes by the alias Abu Jundal, was one of at least four handlers who operated out of a control room set up in Karachi
by Charul Shah
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
When Indian intelligence agencies listened to the phone conversations between the terrorists and their handlers during the 26/11 attacks, one voice stood out. The handler spoke with an unmistakable Indian accent.
“The government guarantees us a lot, but the administration arrests young Muslim boys,” said the handler from a control room in Pakistan. “The government must know that this is just a trailer, the real movie is yet to come,” he said while coaching the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives during the terror attacks that were carried out in different south Mumbai locations in November 2008.
That voice, according to Indian investigators, belongs to 37-year-old Syed Zabiuddin Zakiuddin Ansari, who goes by the alias Abu Jundal.
Born in Maharashtra’s Beed district and son of an insurance agent, Ansari entered India’s most wanted list after he escaped the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on May 9, 2006, in Aurangabad. The chase would yield a haul of 43 kilograms of RDX, 16 AK-47 rifles and nearly 4,000 rounds of ammunition. Ansari and others were found guilty of plotting terror attacks as retaliation for the 2002 Gujarat riots. Investigators also believe Ansari planted an improvised explosive device (IED) with accomplice Fayaaz Kagzi at Ahmedabad railway station on February 19, 2006. The blast injured 25 people.