Slain militant Jindal didn`t teach Hindi: Kasab
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Last Updated: Friday, September 11, 2009, 15:31
Mumbai: Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist arrested in the 26/11 terror strike, has said that Abu Jindal, the LeT 'commander' killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir recently, was not involved in the Mumbai attack, a senior police officer said here on Friday.

Pakistani gunman Kasab replied in the negative when photographs of Jindal were shown to him and asked if he was the same person who taught him Hindi, the officer said.

"We have shown him (Kasab) Jindal's photographs provided by JK police. Kasab nodded in the negative when asked if the person in the photo was the same who taught them (he and his associates) Hindi," the senior police official told a news agency.

Jindal, whose real name is Mohammad Owais, was killed in an encounter with 61 Rastriya Rifles and Police in Bathoi area in JK's Reasi district on September 4. Jindal is his code-name, but he has also got names like Zaman and Noman.

Kasab, facing trial in the Mumbai attack case, had told a special court in June that an Indian named Jindal had taught him and the nine other terrorists to speak Hindi at an LeT training camp in Pakistan.

He had also told the court that Jindal had seen them off when they left Karachi via sea route for Mumbai to carry out terror attacks.

However, even after Kasab's negative reply, the crime branch of Mumbai police has not stopped its probe to ascertain Jindal's role in the attacks.

A crime branch team has gone to Jammu and Kashmir to verify and examine the evidences against Jindal gathered by its counterpart there, the police officer said.

"The verification is still on as we can not completely believe whatever Kasab says... earlier also he (Kasab) had tried to confuse and misguide the investigating officers. Many a times, he shifted blame on his co-accused despite his role in several acts during the Mumbai terror attacks," the officer said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, September 11, 2009, 15:31

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