Kashmir Commander Recruited Abu Jundal Into Terror Outfit

Kashmir Commander Recruited Abu Jundal Into Terror Outfit

27 June 2012
Times of India
Neeraj Chauhan

New Delhi: Abu Jundal, the 'highest ranking' Indian in the Lashkar-e-Taiba, has told his interrogators that he was recruited into the terror outfit by LeT's commander of Jammu and Kashmir range Aslam Kashmiri. He said his friend Fayyaz Kagri was the one who introduced him to Kashmiri. Jundal also told the cops that he married a girl, reportedly the daughter of a Lashkar member, in Karachi in 2009 and they have a child as well. A member of SIMI for some time, Jundal was introduced to Kashmiri by Fayyaz in 2003-04 after which he underwent basic training programmes. He was involved in a bomb blast in Ahmedabad in 2006 along with Kashmiri and Fayyaz and again in the Aurangabad arms haul case, in which Kashmiri was caught but he managed to escape. The same year, he fled to Pakistan and started working closely with top LeT bosses and won over their confidence in a very short time. Sources said Jundal rose fast to become the 'highest ranking' Indian in LeT. Capable of speaking Hindi, Marathi, Urdu and a bit of Arabic, Jundal told cops that he never visited Kashmir as he stayed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) most of the time to arrange training programmes. Talking about his induction in Lashkar, Jundal claimed that he used to look after operational matters and had undergone two specific training courses - Daura-e-Aam (a 21-day basic combat course) and Daura-e-Sufa (a 21-day sectarian religious course) - but he never went for Daura-e-Khaas (a three-month advanced combat course). 'He said that as he has a back problem, he could not have participated in active terror operations and so did not undertake Daura-e-Khaas,' an officer said. Meanwhile, a round-the-clock, three-tier security ring has been thrown around the Special Cell office of Delhi Police with Jundal being lodged there for questioning. Several commandos and security officials of CRPF and SWAT team of Delhi Police are guarding the room where Jundal is being grilled.