Terrorist Ajmal Kasab’s hanging has buoyed hopes of the crime branch of the Mumbai police who are now looking at securing a conviction for Abu Jundal, a mastermind of the 26/11 terrror attack who was allegedly present in the control room in Pakistan, guiding Kasab and his associates from that location.
Senior crime branch officials associated with the probe said, “Evidence such as Jundal’s confessional statement given before a magistrate, forensic evidence like voice-recording and Jundal’s identification by Kasab as the one who taught him Hindi in Pakistan will be crucial to nail Jundal.”
Besides, the crime branch will also put to use testimony by police officers who questioned Jundal.
“We will seek a special public prosecutor in the case against Jundal and will leave no stone unturned to ensure his conviction,” said an officer.
Jundal, the only Indian suspect in the 26/11 conspiracy, is a native of Maharashtra’s Beed district. He was recently handed over to the Indian government by Saudi Arabia. However, Jundal could not be tried along with Kasab as, by the time he was extradited, Kasab had already been sentenced to death.
Accordingly, the Mumbai police separated Jundal’s case and filed a supplementary charge sheet.
Jundal is presently in the Delhi police’s custody. The state government may conduct the trial of Jundal in a special court like that of Kasab as he is also a prized catch for India to prove the conspiracy hatched by Pakistan’s banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba.