Alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal
Abu Jundal, 26/11 plotter, convicted in 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. In picture: Alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu JundalReuters

A Mumbai court on Saturday sent suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative in India, Abu Jundal, to Mumbai Crime Branch custody till July 31. He will be investigated over his possible role in 2008 Mumbai terror attack case.

Sources said that Jundal was flown from Delhi to Mumbai on Friday night amid tight security after a court allowed the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad to take Jundal into its custody for interrogation. He was later produced before a Mumbai court on Saturday. 

Jundal will be flown back to Tihar Jail once Mumbai anti-terror cell is done with him.

Media reports said that the officials have taken Jundal to Kalachowki Police Station of the ATS.

The crime wing of Mumbai police department will be probing Jundal on various cases under Indian Penal Code (IPC), including Arms Act. He is also an accused in Aurangabad arms haul case and 2010 Pune German bakery blast case.

In future, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Pune police may also seek his custody in connection with German bakery blast.

Earlier, along with the police, a Mumbai court requested for Jundal's custody so that it could try him in connection with terror cases. Sourses suggested that Mumbai police have planned to confront Jundal with Abdul Ajmal Kasab and his testimony during his custody. Kasab is the lone attacker captured alive by the police during the 26/11 attacks.  

Last month, the anti-terror agency officials arrested Sayeed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal from Delhi International airport after he was deported by Saudi Arabia on India's request.

During the Delhi police interrogation, Jundal reportedly spilled details related to the conspiracy; groups and people involved in carrying out 26/11 terror strike. He also allegedly confirmed the existence of 26/11 "control room" in Pakistan, from where the handlers directed the terrorists during Mumbai attacks.  

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