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Lodged in Kasab's cell, 'scared' 26/11 handler Jundal does yoga

Mohamed Thaver, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 13, 2013
First Published: 01:05 IST(13/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:13 IST(13/2/2013)

Abu Jundal, a key handler of the 26/11 attackers, has taken to practising yoga to fight his fear at being jailed in the same "anda" cell in which Ajmal Kasab, the sole terrorist captured alive, was kept in solitary confinement until his execution on November 21 last year.

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Sources at the Arthur Road prison said Jundal had repeatedly expressed his anxiety once he found out Kasab used to be confined in the cell. The sources, who asked not to be identified, said Jundal practises yoga and does some cardio exercises for an hour in the morning and in the evening every day.

Jundal's day starts at 5 am and he spends most of his time reading the voluminous charge sheet in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. Jundal eats his food without any fuss and tries to talk to jail officials on a regular basis, the sources said.

Jundal, a native of Beed, was deported from Saudi Arabia on June 25, 2012, and awaits trial in a series of cases including the 26/11 attacks. Jundal's lawyer Ejaz Naqvi had moved an application before the sessions court on Saturday saying he suffers from depression and shouldn't be kept in solitary confinement.


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