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Court allows Jundal to speak to parents

mumbai Updated: Aug 15, 2012 01:27 IST
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A special MCOCA court on Tuesday allowed alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal to speak to his parents in Beed. Jundal had requested the court for permission, following which the court directed the state anti-terrorism squad (ATS) to make the necessary arrangements.

On Tuesday, Jundal was also arrested for his alleged involvement in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. The special court remanded him in custody of ATS till August 24.

A day earlier, the additional metropolitan magistrate at Esplanade court had granted the ATS permission to take Jundal into custody for his alleged role in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. On Tuesday, after securing his custody from the Byculla jail, Jundal was formally arrested.

The ATS sought his custody alleging that Jundal was the main accused in the case and had indoctrinated several people with terrorist ideology.

In May 2006, the ATS had booked 21 people for carrying a large amount of explosives and arms. The ATS claimed to have seized 43kg of RDX, 50 hand grenades, 16 AK-47 rifles and more than 3,000 live bullets from two cars on the Chandaud-Manmad Highway, Aurangabad.

The ATS claimed that the Indica car, allegedly driven by Jundal, could not be intercepted at that time. Jundal allegedly drove the car to Malegaon and handed it over to an acquaintance before diasappearing.

ATS later seized 13kg of RDX and six AK-47s from Malegaon and 50 grenades from Ankai village near Manmad in Nashik district. A month later, police claimed Jundal had fled to Bangladesh and later crossed over to Pakistan.

Jundal is also wanted in several terror-related attacks including the German Bakery blast case in Pune, and a plot to attack the military academy in Nashik.