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Abu Jundal critical, claims lawyer; jail officials say he’s fine

Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, the 26/11 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) handler who is lodged at the Arthur Road jail, is in critical condition, claimed his lawyer. Jundal has been on a fast since August 5, protesting against his solitary confinement.

mumbai Updated: Aug 21, 2015 09:17 IST
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Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, the 26/11 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) handler who is lodged at the Arthur Road jail, is in critical condition, claimed his lawyer. Jundal has been on a fast since August 5, protesting against his solitary confinement.

However, deputy superintendent of prisons (Arthur Road jail) Harshad Aherao said Jundal, who is being monitored by doctors from JJ Hospital twice a day, is fine.

“Jundal has been on a hunger strike from August 5 and has not been keeping well. He may need medical attention if he continues to fast any further,” said his lawyer Asif Naqvi.

Jundal, in his application, claimed that he has been kept in solitary confinement ever since his arrest more than two years ago. “The prosecution and police authorities are misguiding the court with false information about a threat to his life just to keep him in isolation,” the application read.

Jundal has further stated that the prosecution and police authorities by keeping him in solitary confinement are pressurising him to confess and plead guilty.

He is facing trial in the 2008 Aurangabad arms haul case.

Jundal, a native of Beed district of Maharashtra, was arrested following his deportation from Saudi Arabia in June 2012.

Meanwhile, the trial against Jundal in the Delhi case and the 26/11 terror attacks is yet to begin. He is produced in those courts through video conferencing for every hearing.

Recently, the Delhi court also said that it would begin recording the evidence and his trial would begin through video conferencing.

The prosecution alleged that Jundal was a key plotter in the 26/11 terror attack and also was one of the trainers to the 10 terrorists who executed the attack.