Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, the Indian Lashkar-e-Taiba handler in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, was produced before a chief metropolitan magistrate’s court in south Mumbai on Saturday, amidst tight security.
The magistrate allowed the Mumbai Crime Branch to take custody of Jundal till July 31.
“His is an important arrest in the case. He is a key person who was sitting in the Pakistan control room directing all the attackers in Mumbai. The police now want to interrogate him about the involvement and role of the other accused,” said special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) will later seek custody of Jundal for his alleged involvement in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, the Pune German Bakery blast case and the plot to attack the military academy in Nashik.
Fresh voice samples will also be collected from Jundal and matched with those intercepted during the 26/11 attacks, the police said.