26/11 attack: Police to verify role of Abu Jindal

Last Updated: Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 17:59

Mumbai: Mumbai police are verifying if
self-styled Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Jindal killed
in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday was involved in
the 26/11 terror attack, a top police officer said here on Saturday.

Prime accused in 26/11 attack case Ajmal Kasab, who is
undergoing trial here, had told a special court in June that
Abu Jindal, an Indian, had taught him and the nine other
terrorists to speak Hindi at an LeT training camp in Pakistan.
"We are in touch with J&K police... heard that Jindal
was killed in the encounter with the security forces. We are
awaiting a report from our J&K counterparts. It is not
appropriate to say anything before that," Joint Police
Commissioner (Crime) Rakesh Maria told agency.

Mumbai police are trying to verify if the Abu Jindal
killed yesterday was the same person who was involved in 26/11
attack conspiracy.

An alleged Laskar-e-Toiba commander identified as Abu
Jindal alias Mohammad Avais with code name Zuman, was killed
in a gunbattle with security forces in Reasi district in Jammu
and Kashmir.

Interestingly, Kasab had neither told the police about
any Indian giving them training in LeT camp during
interrogation nor mentioned it in his statement before a
magistrate.
However, during the trial he told the court that Abu
Jindal had imparted training to them in learning Hindi and had
also seen them off when they left Karachi via sea route for
Mumbai to carry out terror attacks.

Bureau Report



First Published: Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 17:59

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