The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has obtained three production warrants against suspected Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Abu Jundal in different cases.
While a designated MCOCA court issued a production warrant against him in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case on Tuesday evening, the ATS moved an application before a special court in Pune and obtained another warrant in the German Bakery blast case.
A third production warrant was issued in connection with a case registered in Nashik where two LeT operators were caught with 2kg RDX and other bomb-making material in September 2010. Jundal was named as a wanted accused in the case.
The ATS will now approach Delhi court seeking Jundal’s custody.
With this, the number of production warrants issued against Jundal has gone up to four — the first being in connection with the 26/11 terror attack case. However, the Delhi court on Wednesday rejected the Mumbai police’s application.
In 2006, the ATS had booked 21 accused for carrying huge amount of explosives and arms in Aurangabad. Jundal, who was said to be driving one of the two vehicles carrying the arms, managed to escape. He was shown as one of the wanted accused.
Investigation had revealed that Jundal had fled to Bangladesh and later crossed over to Pakistan.
Jundal was allegedly involved in the German Bakery that took place on February 13 , 2010.
While discussing the security measures that would be taken once Jundal is their custody, a senior crime branch official said the security cover would be foolproof and almost at par with Ajmal Kasab.
Talking about the Delhi court rejecting the Mumbai police’s plea to give Jundal’s custody, the official said, “There is no hurry [to get Jundal]. But we have to do our homework to facilitate the legal obligations.”
He said like the Mumbai police, the ATS had obtained a production warrant to seek the 26/11 handler’s custody and “a host of other agencies including the National Investigating Agency would also be doing the same.”