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'State actors supported 26/11 massacre': Chidambaram

June 27, 2012 - Thiruvanthapuram

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said India has got enough information that there was state support for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

"I can't share with you the contents of the interrogation report, but I can give you a broad idea. He (Abu Jundal) has confirmed that he was in the control room and he has named a few people, who were in the control room. He has identified a few people in the control room. So, that confirms our suspicion that it was an organized effort, which had some kind of state support. The argument that it was non-state actors who were behind the 26/11 massacre is no longer valid," said Chidambaram, when asked to comment on the Abu Jundal's interrogation.

"We have already said that some state support was there for these people and that's broadly confirmed by what Abu Jundal has told our investigating agency. But obviously until in the investigation and interrogation is complete, we are not going to share it with anyone. We will have to eventually share it with the court. Now, when I say state actors, at the moment I am not pointing a figure to any particular agency, but clearly there was state support for the 26/11 massacre," he added.

Chidambaram further said New Delhi will continue to put pressure on Islamabad to apprehend the accomplices and masterminds still taking shelter in that country.

"We will track down every single mastermind, every single accomplice and we will apprehend them when we have an opportunity. We will continue to put pressure on Pakistan to deliver what I think four or five people still sheltering in Pakistan," said Chidambaram.

"But whenever we have an opportunity we will track down and apprehend the accomplices and masterminds. We will make every effort to track them down and apprehend them," he added.

Abu Jundal was arrested on his arrival from Saudi Arabia at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport by Delhi Police on June 21.

He is currently in the custody of Special Cell till July 5.

According to reports, Jundal has admitted his active role in the 26/11 attack, saying he had worked in close tandem with terror mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

He has during his interrogation confessed his role in the countries worst terror attack and admitted that he was present in the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) control room in Karachi from where direction was being to the 10 terrorists who carried out the strike.


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