The anti-terrorism squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra police has said, in the draft charges filed in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case against LeT operative and key 26/11 terror attack handler Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, that he, along with the other accused, have been involved in terrorist activities right from 1996.
The draft charges stated that along with Jundal, the other 21 arrested accused and another six wanted accused in the Aurangabad arms haul case, were part of terrorist activities since 1996.
The draft charge states that 'all these accused had, between 1996 and May 2006, both within and outside India, conspired to do or conducted illegal acts such as striking terror attacks in India, spreading secessionists and rebellious thoughts, gathering money to achieve their objects, organising training camps, and storing and concealing explosives.'
The draft charges that have been submitted to the court propose that the court charge Jundal under different sections of MCOCA, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Explosives Act, Explosives Substances Act and Indian Penal Code.
Jundal, who is presently lodged in Tihar Jail, was on Wednesday produced in the court through video conferencing.
He was told that a copy of the draft charges was faxed to him and was instructed that he needed to sign the draft and send it back to court for the court to frame charges on the basis of the draft charges submitted by the prosecution.
As per the prosecution's case, on May 8, 2006, a Maharashtra ATS team had chased a Tata Sumo and an Indica car on Chandwad-Manmad highway near Aurangabad and arrested three terror suspects and seized 30 kg RDX, 10 AK-47 assault rifles and 3,200 bullets.
The Indica was allegedly driven by Jundal, who managed to give police the slip.
Hailing from Beed district of Maharashtra, Jundal then allegedly drove to Malegaon and handed over the vehicle to an acquaintance.