In a major breakthrough for investigators, the Forensic Sciences Laboratory (FSL), Kalina, has matched the voice samples of terrorist Abu Jundal and have confirmed that it was his voice that was intercepted during the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. The FSL matched the voice samples of the telephone conversations intercepted by the R&AW between the 26/11 terrorists and Jundal in Pakistan with that of Jundal’s voice samples taken after his arrest earlier this year. According to sources in the FSL, the report was handed over to the crime branch on Saturday.
Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), confirmed receiving the report. “The results of the two voice samples is positive, which means the voice in the two conversations belongs to the same person (Jundal).” said Roy. The FSL report is expected to help in the investigations of the terror attacks and tighten the noose around Jundal for his involvement in the attacks.
However, legal experts feel the report may not be enough to get a death penalty for Jundal. “It may facilitate smoother investigation, but it may not be of too much help in the court of law since it will not be admissible as evidence in the court. The lack of concrete evidence against him, except the fact that Qasab identified him, may still be a hindrance,” said a senior counsel.
Jundal was the Hindi tutor and handler of the 10 terrorists responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which claimed 165 lives. Jundal, alias Zabiuddin Ansari, is believed to be one of the four LeT men who sent Ajmal Qasab and nine other terrorists from Karachi a week prior they arrived in Mumbai. Investigators allege that Jundal was present in Lashkar’s Karachi-based control room during the Mumbai attack. In telephone conversations between the terrorists and their handlers that was intercepted, a person speaking with a marked Mumbai accent can be heard instructing the terrorists to make a list of demands to the media. The men inside the control room also issued instructions to the terrorists on operational decisions, like killing hostages.
Jundal has claimed after his arrest that LeT chief Hafiz Saeed was also present in the LeT control room from where they directed the terrorists. According to him, those present in the control room later celebrated the attacks.