The Mumbai crime branch may have to wait a while before getting custody of Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist who was one of the handlers of the 10 terrorists involved in 26/11, co-ordinating the attacks from a control room in Karachi.
On Friday, after the Delhi police’s custody of Jundal got over, a senior crime branch official said the National Investigating Agency (NIA) may get custody of him, before the Mumbai police crime branch.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the Mumbai police were in no hurry for custody as eventually they would get it in connection with the all important 26/11 terror attack case.
“We have made a submission for custody. It would be up to the court to decide the matter. Considering the seriousness of the 26/11 case, we hope to get custody as early as possible,” the officer said.
He said Jundal had been booked in as many as four serious cases in the state, of which the 26/11 case is being investigated by the crime branch.
The anti-terrorism squad (ATS) has Jundal as an accused in the Aurangabad Arms haul case of 2006, the German Bakery blast of 2010 and the Nashik explosive haul case of September 2010.
PC renews attack on Islamabad
Home minister P Chidambaram on Friday renewed his attack on Islamabad for doing little to curb terrorist activities, emphasising that New Delhi believes Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed was in the control room set up in Karachi to direct the 26/11 attacks. He said Jundal’s interrogation confirmed the existence of the control room, which “couldn’t have been set up without some kind of state support”. HTC