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'Jundal had tried to send money to kin of arms haul accused'

Charul Shah, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 09, 2012
First Published: 01:49 IST(9/11/2012) | Last Updated: 01:52 IST(9/11/2012)

Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, Lakshar-e-Taiba operative and Indian handler of the 26/11 attacks, had tried sending money to the families of those arrested in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case while he was in Saudi Arabia, states the supplementary charge sheet filed in the latter case.

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After the attacks, the LeT commanders had asked Jundal to move to Saudi Arabia. During his stay there, he tried sending Rs. 40,000 to the accused's families on several occasions.

In December 2010, a Beed resident and Jundal's relative, met him at a hotel in Saudi Arabia. When the relative said that he planned to visit India in two months, Jundal asked him to give money to a family member of one of the accused. He gave 4,000 Saudi riyals to the relative, who then deposited the amount in his friend's bank account in Beed. He returned to India in January 2011. In February, he went to Beed and withdrew Rs45,500 from the account. Ten days later, when the man went to Aurangabad to deliver the money, he found no one at the address. He informed Jundal about it, who asked him to hand over the amount to a grocery store owner in Aurangabad.

The grocery store owner then approached the brother of one of the accused, Saiyad Akil, with the money. The statement of Akil's brother that is included in the charge sheet states that he had refused to accept the money.

In November 2010, too, Jundal handed over the money to another relative who was on a trip to Haj with his family. The relative, in his statement, said that Jundal had given him 4,100 Saudi riyals for a friend from Beed, whose identity has not been revealed. In his note written in Hindi, Jundal sought apology for the trouble caused and requested him to accept the money. The relative has claimed that he lost the note and spent the money.


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