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'Jundal's move to Saudi part of LeT conspiracy'

mumbai Updated: Sep 27, 2012 01:31 IST
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The Mumbai police suspect that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) may have conspired to send alleged 26/11 handler Abu Jundal from Pakistan to the Middle East, so he could be caught by Indian agencies - thereby exposing the involvement of an Indian in the terror attacks.

Sources said that after Pakistan received a lot of criticism about the setting up of a control room in Karachi to coordinate the 26/11 terror attack on the city, LeT bosses ensured that Jundal, a Beed native who was present in the control room, moved to the Middle East so he could come into the radar of Indian agencies.

Sources said though there is no evidence to corroborate this theory, even Jundal, during question, told the police that his move to Middle East could have been part of a conspiracy.

Zaibuddin Ansari, alias Jundal, an alleged LeT operative, was under surveillance in Saudi Arabia before being picked up in a coordinated op between Indian and Saudi agencies. He was sent to India and arrested at the Delhi Airport by the Delhi police on June 21.

Jundal got involved in terror activities from 2005. In 2006 he came on the radar of the Indian security agencies during the Aurangabad arms haul case.

On May 9, 2006, in two separate seizures the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS), Maharashtra and the Aurangabad police recovered 43 kilograms of RDX, along with 16 AK-47's, along with 3200 live cartridges.

Jundal was one of the main accused in the case but managed to flee to Bangladesh. The LeT then helped him escape to Karachi.