Mumbai: In a bid to make a watertight case against alleged Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist Sayyed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal facing trial in 26/11 terror attacks, Mumbai Police may secure the deposition of American-born terrorist David Headley from the US through video conferencing.
According to official sources, several meetings have been held between senior officials of Mumbai Police including Atul Kulkarni, Joint Commissioner of Crime Branch, and officials in the Prime Ministers’ Office and the External Affairs Ministry, after which a proposal for securing a deposition by Headley was planned.
It was not immediately clear whether the US has given the go-ahead for the deposition of Headley, who is serving a 35-year prison term in the US for his role in the Mumbai attack and Denmark terror cases, through video conferencing during tomorrow’s date at the sessions court in Abu Jundal case.
Mumbai Police’s crime branch has filed a charge sheet against Jundal in 2012. In its charge sheet, police said that Jundal, along with Lashkar chief Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi and other accused, was allegedly present in Karachi-based “control room” monitoring the terror strike in Mumbai in November, 2008.
The police claims Jundal is one of the six 26/11 handlers and taught Hindi to the ten terrorists who took a boat from Pakistan to Mumbai to execute the attack. They say he also familiarized them with the landscape of the city.
The three-day-long terror attack had claimed 166 lives. Jundal was extradited from Saudi Arabia in June, 2012 after Indian Intelligence agencies gave the local authorities there a series of evidences pertaining to his involvement in the Mumbai terror attack.