Mumbai: Investigators are looking into whether Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Muzammil, who 26/11 handler Abu Jundal said was in the LeT control room for all three days of the Mumbai attacks, could be the same person named in the 2006 Malegaon blasts and 11/7 Mumbai train blasts cases. The Muzammil named in the latter two cases allegedly visited Maharashtra.
The Muzammil listed as a wanted accused in the 26/11 case is a Pakistani national. He appears to be the only Muzammil in the LeT top brass, say police sources. Muzammil, Jundal said, was one of the main planners and operational commanders of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which earlier probed the 2006 Malegaon blasts, in which 31 people died, had said that a Pakistani national called Muzammil crossed the border, came to Mumbai and then went north to Malegaon.
The blasts occurred on September 29, 2006. The police had named Muzammil as the one who assembled all four RDX bombs planted in a mosque’s premises and in a residential area. ATS officers said Muzammil had stayed at the battery-and-inverter unit of one of the Malegaon blasts accused, Shabbir Masiullah, and made the bombs at the unit itself.
The ATS had arrested nine youths in the Malegaon case, but a CBI probe dismissed the ATS theory and said that members of a rightwing group were involved in the blasts. The nine youths were later granted bail.
Muzammil’s name also cropped during investigations into the 11/7 Mumbai train blasts, which killed 188 people. The ATS said that more than seven Pakistani nationals, including one Muzammil, had illegally entered India and conspired to commit the blasts.
The ATS had said that the bombs were made at Govandi in suburban Mumbai and the Pakistanis fled after the blasts were perpetrated. The ATS arrested 13 suspected Simi members, including an Indian national, Mira Road resident Muzammil Shaikh, who is currently lodged in a Maharashtra jail. However, the Mumbai Crime Branch in 2008 arrested 21 suspected members of the Indian Mujahideen and, unofficially, said that they were the ones who were responsible for the 11/7 train blasts and not the arrested youths.
It’s still not clear whether the Lashkar’s Muzammil is the same person named in the Malegaon and 11/7 train blast cases. A section of the media has reported that one of the 11/7 blasts wanted accused, Raheel Shaikh, could be Muzammil. However, he hails from Mahim and is an Indian national. Interestingly, police initially thought Abu Jundal was a Pakistani national, but he turned out to be Indian.
Muzammil has been named as a wanted accused in the 11/7 case
The Times of India, June 30, 2012
ISI guards Hafiz Saeed 24x7: Jundal
‘ISI Bankrolls LeT, Lakhvi Gets Facilities In Jail’
New Delhi: The plotter behind 26/11, Zabihuddin Ansari aka Abu Jundal, has said that LeT chief Hafiz Saeed, one of world’s most serious terror threats, is guarded round-the-clock by Pakistan’s security forces and its spy agency, the ISI.
He has also admitted to have met Saeed, and has said that the LeT founder motivated him to help the outfit carry out more terrorist acts against India. The man, who taught 26/11 attackers how to masquerade as Indians, also said that his LeT bosses set him up as a businessperson dealing in used cars right under the nose of the Pakistani army in the garrison town of Rawalpindi.
Jundal’s disclosure to Indian police officials, who are interrogating him, confirms Pakistan’s continuing patronage to LeT, which aspires to replace al-Qaida as the most dangerous jehadi terrorist outfit, and may ensure that the efforts at rapprochement with Pakistan don’t go far. ISI treats LeT as a strategic asset and would protect it at the cost of the global community’s annoyance.
The terrorist also told Indian agencies that LeT, faced with heightened pressure on Pakistan post-26/11, has shifted its operational command from Muzaffarabad in PoK to Dulai, closer to J&K.
The 26/11 mastermind, who has admitted to have met Zaki-ur Rahman Lakhvi in Pakistan’s Adiala Jail, also said that the LeT commander has all the facilities in the prison. He has revealed that despite their growing notoriety as a terrorist outfit, funds are not in short supply for LeT. He also disclosed that Muzammil has taken over the command of LeT after Lakhvi’s arrest.
Jundal, who fled India in 2006, said though he made good money from the automobile business, LeT paid him Rs 12,000 monthly for upkeep.
Jundal was taken to Safdarjung Hospital for medical check up again on Friday afternoon. Earlier in the day, he was quizzed by IB officials about several LeT members, who are still in India, and about his partner Fayyaz Kagzi.
Of Jundal’s four email accounts, sources say, the agencies have not been able to open one perhaps because he has not given them the correct password. “From the emails we have opened, we have got several conversations and numbers and email IDs of suspected people,” said a source.
Sayed Zabihuddin Ansari aka Abu Jundal (face covered) leaves a Delhi hospital on Friday
The Times of India, June 30, 2012