Abu Jundal (Sayed Zakiuddin Ansari) Facts: 26/11 Terrorist Attack Role

Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal is an LeT terrorist who was recently arrested by Delhi Police on June 21 for his role in the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack. and several other cases
  • During his interrogation, Abu Jundal confessed his active role in the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack 
  • According to  Abu Jundal, he had worked in close tandem with terror mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.
  • Abu Jundal was present in the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) control room in Karachi giving direction to the 10 terrorists who carried out the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist strike.
  • After November 26, 2008, stayed in Pakistan for sometime before leaving to Saudi Arabia where he was working as a teacher. Abu Jundal also stayed for sometime in Bangladesh.
  • Abu Jundal has at least ten aliases.  
  • Abu Jundal is a native of Beed district in Maharashtra, 
  • Abu Jundal's voice sample is being sent for matching with those which were intercepted by the security agencies during the attack.
  • Abu Jundal was wanted in several terror cases in Delhi, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
  • Abu Jundal made the stunning claim that LeT chief Hafiz Saeed was present in the control room when the 26/11 masterminds choreographed the Mumbai attacks. 
  • He has also admitted that ISI and Pakistani army officials were involved in planning 26/11 and attended the meetings. 
  • After Kasab and David Headley, the arrest of Jundal is seen as the third major success in India's effort to unravel the 26/ 11 plot. 
  • Abu Jundal's significance lies in the key role he played in preparations and during the 26/11 attack on Mumbai. Being from Beed in Maharashtra, he taught the basics of Hindi usage to the Pakistani Laskhar squad. On the fateful day, he was in the control room firing instructions to killers, and also coached the killers to wrong-foot the Indian investigators and global community by posing as members of a fictional Indian outfit: Deccan Mujahideen. 
  • Jundal was produced before chief metropolitan magistrate Vinod Yadav by a Delhi Police team, led by ACP Ashok Chand and DCP Sanjeev Yadav. The Delhi Police have been given his custody for 15 days after which he may have long sessions with the police from Maharashtra and Gujarat as well as the NIA. He may also be brought face-to-face with Kasab. 
  • Indian authorities expect Abu Jundal to provide more clarity on the participation of two Pak army officers — Major Sameer and Major Iqbal— in the 26/11 attack.
How was Abu Jundal arrested
  • The first tip-off about his presence in Saudia Arabia was given by a terrorist who was arrested in connection with the Jama Masjid blast. 
  • Abu Jundal was arrested on his arrival from Saudi Arabia at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport by Delhi Police on June 21.
  • Saudi Arabia has helped India with a major breakthrough in the probe into the 26/11 attacks by facilitating the arrest of Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, one of the key plotters of the Mumbai raid.  Abu Jundal was picked up by the Saudi police, who put him on a New Delhi-bound flight after alerting the authorities here about their prize catch. 
More facts about Abu Jundal's Background and History
  • Zabihuddin Ansari hailed from a small village Maharashtra's Beed district, where he lived for most of his life
  • Born in Mazalgaon village on November 31, 1981, Zaby studied in an Urdu Medium school till class X. 
  • Ansari's father was employed in a small shop in Mazalgaon and later started his own plumbing business but quit it after sometime. 
  • He was indoctrinated by SIMI operatives shortly after the 2002 Gujarat riots.
  • He had earlier undergone training at the Indian Technical Institute in Beed, but only held odd jobs. 
  • He was a staunch supporter of SIMI and would meet fugitive members of the banned outfit at tea stalls or near a dhaba
  • Ansari first went to Pakistan for training around 2005 or 2006, for 21 days, along with six more youths. 
  • He was trained in a Muridke camp where Ajmal Kasab and his associates were later trained
  • At the training camp, Ansari met two top LeT commanders, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Zarar Shah, both accused in the 26/11 terror attacks. "
  • He returned to India with a new assignment to brainwash youths boys and recruit them. 
  • He sent at least half a dozen youths to Pakistan for terror training. 
  • Ansari's first important task in India was smuggling RDX and AK-47 assault rifles. 
  • Using money sent through hawala, he hired vehicles to receive a huge consignment of hand grenades, RDX, assault rifles and live bullets. He was supposed to send the consignment to Aurangabad for a bigger operation but his plan was foiled as police got on his trail. He had to abandon the vehicle in Malegaon. He was the missing link in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case
  • Police raided Ansari's village house but could not find anything. When his name began appearing in newspapers as an accused in the case, his parents left Mazalgaon for sometime and returned only after a year. His house, where he was born, is still locked