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26/11 Mumbai attacks: Relative of Abu Jundal identifies him as Sayyed Zabiuddin Ansari

The witness said Zabiuddin gave him money to deliver it to a person in Aurangabad in 2012.

mumbai Updated: Feb 01, 2018 00:42 IST
Charul P Shah
Abu Jundal
Abu Jundal

A relative of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks handler Abu Jundal identified him as Sayyed Zabiuddin Ansari, who appeared in the court via video- conferencing. The witness said Zabiuddin gave him money to deliver it to a person in Aurangabad in 2012.

The prosecution has been cross-examining witnesses in the 26/11 trial.

Special public prosecutor Ujwal Nikam on Wednesday examined 32-year-old Rafe Ansari who had known him since childhood as both lived in Beed, 400km east of Mumbai. Rafe helped the prosecution establish Jundal’s identity as Zabiuddin as it was disputed by the handler.

The prosecution alleged that Zabiuddin was a key plotter of the attacks and one of the trainers of the 10 terrorists who entered the city in 2008. The crime branch alleged that he was giving directions, instruction the terrorists from a control room in Karachi, Pakistan.

Rafe told the court in November or December 2010, Zabiuddin had visited him at a hotel in Madina, Saudi Arabia, where the former had worked as a receptionist since February 2009. The witness said that Zabiuddin had come to Madina for Huj. When enquired Rafe inquired Zabiuddin about his activities and residence, he received no reply.

“He told me that he had to send some money to a man by the name of Kashif in Aurangabad and asked me if I could do that for him,” the witness told the court.

A few days before Rafe’s return to India in January 2012, Zabiuddin gave him 4,000 riyals with a letter for Kashif. However, when the witness visited the given address, he could not find Kashif.

Later, Rafe told the court that, Zabiuddin had called him and asked him to deliver money to a common friend who will deliver it to Kashif.

The prosecution asked Rafe if he could identify the voice of Zabiuddin. The witnesses answered in affirmative. The court allowed the prosecution to play on Thursday the intercepted conversation between Jundal with the terrorists . As many as 166 people were killed in the Mumbai attacks.