Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal has told the Mumbai crime branch that he stayed in the same room for 10 days with the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists who attacked Mumbai in 2008.
Sources in the crime branch said the 10 terrorists had undergone extensive training prior to the attack at Muridke, Pakistan
“Jundal was present during this time as he was part of the training and was also their Hindi tutor. He had to stay with the 10 terrorists in the same room,” a source said, adding that the room was like a dormitory.
Jundal also told the crime branch that he had developed a close equation with a few of those who were undergoing training.
Jundal has also given the names of the nine terrorists who were shot dead during the terror attack, along with that of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist who was captured.
So far, during interrogations, Jundal has revealed that he was the only Indian in the control room in Karachi along with other LeT operatives. He also admitted to passing on instructions to the two terrorists at Chabbad house.
His calls were, however, intercepted by the central intelligence agencies.
The crime branch has already taken a voice sample of Jundal, which has been sent to the state Forensic Science Laboratory at Kalina.
Jundal earlier told the police that the 26/11 attack was a fidayeen (militant group) one and the 10 terrorists were sent to Mumbai with the instruction to kill as many people as possible and cause maximum damage.
The 26/11 handler is also required in other cases in Maharashtra including the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, 2010 German Bakery blast in Pune and the plan to attack the Nashik Police Academy.
He first came on the police radar after the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. Jundal was one of the main accused in the case, but managed to escape.