Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the Pakistani convict in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, was brought face-to-face with Abu Jundal, the Indian Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) handler of the attacks, at the Arthur Road jail on Thursday.
The two were questioned about the attacks, the plot and the training imparted to the attackers at Muridke in Pakistan in 2008. According to sources, Kasab and Jundal identified each other. Kasab admitted that Jundal had taught him Hindi and that he (Jundal), along with top LeT commander Zak-iur-Rehman-Lakhvi, was present at Muridke in 2008. The questioning began at 6pm and ended at 7.30pm.
The crime branch had, last week, asked the state government for permission to question Kasab on the revelations made by Jundal. The permission was granted on Thursday.
According to sources, the crime branch wants to verify the claims made by Jundal. The crime branch has also prepared a detailed questionnaire for Kasab, said sources. They plan to study the differences and discrepancies in the accounts of the two men about the planning and execution of the 26/11 attacks.
During his questioning, Jundal had allegedly told the police how the 26/11 terror attacks were planned. He had allegedly revealed that he got involved in the planning in August 2008 and also named Kasab and the other operatives.
The central agencies had intercepted Jundal’s voice when he was giving instructions to two terrorists at the Chhabad House. They will compare it with his recent voice sample.
In his earlier confession to the crime branch, Kasab had revealed that Jundal, along with Abu Hamza, Abu Kafa and Zak-iur-Rehman-Lakhvi, had come to see off the 26/11 attackers at the Karachi port.
Kasab has also named Jundal and Lakhvi as those who trained them to carry out the attacks. Jundal was also named as the tutor who taught Kasab and others Hindi.