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Jundal's arrest an "important development" in 26/11 investigations: P. Chidambaram

June 29, 2012 - New Delhi

Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday called the arrest of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative and the alleged 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks handler Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal "an important development as far as the investigation is concerned".

Addressing the month-end press conference here, Chidambaram reiterated that state actors were involved in planning and executing the 26/11carnage and said that many missing links of 26/11 are now known to Indian authorities.

Chidambaram said that Jundal had confirmed that LeT had established a "control room" in Karachi to direct the terrorists executing the bloodbath.

"Abu Jundal had found a safe haven in Pakistan. The real name of Abu Jundal is Zabiuddin Ansari. Pakistan gave him a passport with the name of Riyasat Ali. The training and setting up of a control room can't take place without state support. It's a logical inference. He (Jundal) is being interrogated right now. It's a fact that Abu Jundal did go to Pakistan via Bangladesh," Chidambaram said.

He said that names like Abu Jundal and Abu Hamza were used very frequently by terrorists.

"Abu Jundal is a pseudonym used by Ansari," he informed, while adding, "It's quite clear that Abu Jundal was a key operative. He was assigned key responsibility of training 10 selected cadres in Hindi and was perhaps the key person who briefed the 10 terrorists including Ajmal Kasab. He was a key person in 26/11 control room. The control room could not have set up without state support. We believe that others too were present there."

Jundal is also a suspect in several other terror cases including the Ahmedabad blast, Aurangabad arms recovery and Pune's German Bakery blast case.


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