The thick, chilling voice that guided 11 terrorists during the 26/11 massacre in Mumbai was the only one that US national and LeT terrorist David Coleman Headley could not recognise during his interrogation in the US.
It was the voice of 36-year-old Abu Jundal — who was formally arrested in Delhi after his extradition from Saudi Arabia on June 21.
According to sources, Jundal, during his preliminary questioning by Delhi Police and security agencies, has gone into some details about his involvement in guiding the attackers.
He confirmed the presence of top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Muzammil, Abu Al Qama, Zarar Shah and Sajid Mir in the control room set up in Karachi to direct the massacre. “We were giving instructions over phone about the activity outside the hotel,” Jundal reportedly told investigators.
He was thoroughly involved in the groundwork as well. “I taught the men Hindi, Marathi and some words in north Indian accent,” Jundal said. He also taught them location surveillance and how to melt into crowds in Mumbai. “After they were ready, we went to the port in Karachi from where we saw them off,” he told the officers.
But besides providing the lowdown on 26/11 attack, Jundal’s interrogation also provided a big picture of the network.
After fleeing to Pakistan in 2006, Jundal was living in the Karachi cantonment with the aid of LeT commander Abdul Aziz, who was involved in the Bangalore blast and IISc attack.
He has confirmed the activities of Yaqoob, who heads the naval wing of the LeT and was involved in sending the gunmen to Mumbai. Yaqoob’s name was first mentioned by Headley.
He confirmed that anti-India terrorist operations are still being planned in Karachi, and gave details about Lashkar commander Salauddin, Himayat Baig, main accused in the German Bakery blast, and Shaikh Abdul Khaja, picked up by Indian agencies from Colombo in July 2010.
Jundal, however, has not given any details about Lashkar’s Hafiz Saeed till now.