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What you need to know about Abu Jundal and the arms haul case

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The special MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act) court declared Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari, alias Abu Jundal, and 11 others guilty in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. The court also dropped MCOCA charges in the case against eight accused. The police had arrested 22 people. While one of them escaped during trail, a separate trail will be held for an accused who turned approver. While delivering verdict, the MCOCA court said, "This was a conspiracy after the 2002 Gujarat riots to eliminate the Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and VHP leader Pravin Togadia.

The haul

On 8th May, 2006, Maharashtra ATS team had arrested three terror suspects after chasing down two vehicles on Chandwad-Manmad road in Nasik district near Aurangabad. ATS had seized seven AK47 assault rifles along with RDX and 3,200 bullets from Abdullah Electronics, a computer assembling shop in the Azad nagar area in Malegaon.

Another arms haul of AK47 rifles, hand granades and RDX was found hidden inside a cement pipe at the base of Ankai fort near Manmad. Total 30kgs of RDX, 10 AK47s and 3200 bullets were seized. The terror suspects were arrested after chasing their Tata SUMO.

Abu Jundal escapes

Abu Jundal, a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative, had succeeded in escaping to Malegaon in an Indica that he was driving. The charge sheet said that the terrorists had unloaded the arms and ammunition in boxes from a container near Chandwad on the Mumbai-Agra national highway. But the container could not be traced.

Abu Jundal was the last to get charge sheeted after he was deported from Saudi Arabia in 2012. The special court had framed charges on 22 arrested accused in August 2013 and the prosecution examined over 100 witnesses while the defence examined 16.

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Jundal, up close

•Zabiuddin Ansari aka Abu Jundal hails from a middle-class family in Maharashtra's Beed district

•He was an above-average student at the local ITI

•Got initiated into fundamentalism via SIMI

•Disappeared one fine day, only to reappear as an LeT operative in Kashmir

•Fled India after the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul, but continued involvement in terror operations

•Was allegedly involved in the German Bakery blasts in 2010 and the attack on Jama Masjid, ahead of the Delhi Commonwealth Games. Was also suspected to be involved in the 2006 Mumbai train blasts

What's he got to do with 26/11?

•Jundal was the sole local handler of the terrorists who struck Mumbai on November 26, 2008

•He taught them Hindi and Indian mannerisms

•He was present at the LeT control room in Karachi, and 'guided' and 'motivated' the boys throughout the attack

How did we get him?

•With American inputs, Jundal was traced in Saudi Arabia

•Indian intelligence agencies tracked him for a year

•Following strong persuasion from India and the US, Saudi sleuths arrested him on charges of forgery

•Indian officials, backed by their American counterparts, provided solid evidence such as DNA samples of his family members and his 26/11 voice clippings to get him deported to India

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