Mumbai: Investigations into the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case have revealed that while the state ATS was hunting for prime accused Zabihuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal from the day he escaped from Chandwad highway, he was very much in Aurangabad for two days. After the haul, an alert to trace Jundal was sent out to all the police agencies. However nobody could trace him.
Jundal told interrogators that he went to Aurangabad after dodging the ATS and spent the night in a mosque. The next day, he sent an e-mail to one of his friends from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) about the incident. Jundal was instructed to meet one Shaukat in Kolkata. He was also asked to come to Pakistan with the help of Shaukat. The same day, Jundal took a train to Kolkata and met
Shaukat near Sealdah (Calcutta) railway station the next morning with a white handkerchief on his right hand. Jundal introduced himself to Shaukat as Dawood.
Shaukat took him to Benapool and in the evening they crossed the Bangladesh border and reached Dhaka. Jundal stayed in an under-construction building for a week. Shaukat instructed Jundal not to open window, not to use flush and to speak discreetly. “After a week, Shaukat came to me and said that we have to leave the next morning. He gave me new clothes and new chappals. The next morning, Shaukat came with four bags—two small bags full of litchis and two large bags full of sarees. We took a taxi to Dhaka airport. At the airport there was no immigration and security checking. We entered the boarding counter without any checks. Shaukat arranged a passport for me in the name of Saeed. We boarded a PIA flight to Karachi from Dhaka,” Jundal told police.
After reaching Karachi, Shaukat introduced Jundal to one Raza and asked him to stay with Raza. Jundal was then taken to a room in Hyderabad Colony. Jundal stayed there for a week and shifted to another room where he stayed with Saif and Zahid, both from Hyderabad in India. After this, Jundal took a flight to Rawalpindi, where he met LeT commander Muzammil. From this place, the 26/11 conspiracy begun.
The Times of India, September 14, 2012