Raids by Pak Army, FIA on terror camps an 'eyewash': Jundal



Mumbai: LeT operative Sayed Ansari alias Abu Jundal has told interrogators that four Indians were working for the banned terror outfit in Pakistan in 2006 and the raids conducted by the Army and Federal Investigation Agency on terror camps in that country after the 26/11 strike were an "eyewash".

"Elaborating the structure and functioning of the LeT in Pakistan, Jundal stated that in 2006 he had met four Indian nationals who introduced themselves as Abu Sherjil and Abu Zarar- from Beed district of Maharashtra-- Abu Musad from Jammu and Abu Zaid, whose state Jundal does not know," said a Mumbai crime branch official.

However, he clarified that there were no clues to link them with the 26/11 terror attacks.

Jundal also claimed that following the international pressure, a few weeks after 26/11 sleuths of Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had raided the control room and destroyed it, police said.

Months later, when FIA raided Baitul Mujahideen camp, it had arrested LeT 'commander' Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and subsequently some more LeT handlers, police said.

Jundal's revelation about the 'friendly' raids is vindication of the Indian security agencies stand in this regard.

"LeT was informed in advance about the raids to be conducted by FIA and Pakistan Army. The action by FIA was a drama and just an eyewash. The arrested LeT men by the FIA were not kept in jail but in safe places," the police officer said quoting Jundal.

Pakistani army's had launched an operation against LeT and raided its camps after the 26/11. However, the armymen had telephoned LeT bosses before the raids and told them to destroy the evidence, claimed Jundal, according to police.

Jundal escaped to Pakistan via Bangladesh after the Maharashtra ATS had seized a huge arms haul in Aurangabad in 2006.

Jundal was arrested in the 26/11 case on July 21 by Mumbai Police after he was brought here from Delhi, where he was apprehended in another case after deported from Saudi Arabia. Jundal is also wanted in other cases in Maharashtra including the 2006 arms haul case, 2010 German Bakery blast case and for hatching a conspiracy to attack Nashik Police Academy.

However, his custody in these cases would be possible after his interrogation in the 26/11 case is over.

On November 26, 2008, Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani gunman who is now behind bars, and nine others had landed in Mumbai by sea and gone on a shooting spree at various places including the Taj Mahal Hotel, Nariman House, Oberoi Hotel and CST railway station, killing 166 people.

PTI