What is in a name? Everything!

The first of the problems that any investigator would face in the event of a terrorist being arrested is getting the name right. Terrorists often work with various aliases and in the case of Zabiuddin Ansari the case is the same. He had over 20 aliases but for operation 26/11 he was Abu Jundal or Jandal.

Abu Jundal is probably the most common alias that terrorists use and it has been found a lot in the Kashmir valley. Terrorists prefer using this name a lot thanks to the various meanings that it has got which indicate fear and power. In Arabic the name al-Jandal would mean, a big rock which indicates strength and resistance. While the word Abu ideally means father and it is very commonly used, attaching the surname Jundal or Jandal is an indication that they would want to go by a very powerful name.

Abu Jandal was a name popularized during the early days of Osama Bin Laden. His body guard in the year 1973 was a man known as Nasar-al-Bahri who went by the nickname Abu Jandal. He was the chief bodyguard of Laden and was also his trouble shooter. He had confessed in the year 2002 that his orders were to kill Bin Laden rather than allow an arrest if the police closed in on him. It was a nickname that he had used all through his stint with the Al-Qaeda and it was said that he had chosen that name as it meant- father of death or the powerful one.

The Abu Jundal that Indian agencies have in their custody originally went by the name, Zabiuddin Ansari. He used various other aliases during the operations he had undertaken. However for the 26/11 operation he went by the alias Abu Jundal.

It is common knowledge that terrorist chose different aliases during their various operations in order to fox investigators. In most cases it is them who chose their own aliases. They tend to look for names which sound powerful and it is most of the time inspired from another terrorist who they would have hero worshiped. He also went by the name Abu Hamza which again is a name which was inspired from various persons who have espoused the cause of Jihad.

Abu Ayyub al-Masri also known as Abu Hamza was an Al-Qaeda leader who led the fight against the United States in Iraq. He was shot dead in the year 2010. Abu Hamza al-Masri known for his violent preachings is currently in the United Kingdom awaiting extradition to the United States of America. Abu Hamza Rabia is another person from the Al-Qaeda who was the  Egyptian member of  Al-Qaeda.

Experts say that these are all inspirational characters for these budding terrorists and they often use such names as a tribute to their heroes during an operation. While this makes these terrorists feel good to use the names of their heroes, it also helps a great deal while dodging investigations. Although the police finally do manage to get to them, there is this great deal of confusion that is caused during the initial stages when the look out notice is put out and sent to the Interpol police. While tracking down these terrorists not many times do the police have photographs of these persons as they manage to remain elusive and faceless. Hence the only option is to put out the name along with the various aliases that they have on them. This does cause a great deal of pain during the initial stages and it always takes time before the arrest is made.

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‘Bring down the Taj’

India considers the arrest of Zabuiddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal to be bigger than of Ajmal Kasab. While Kasab managed to prove the Pakistani link to the 26/11 attack, Jundal on the other hand holds the key to providing crucial information to the inner circle within Pakistan which orchestrated the deadly attack.

One of the officers privy to the interrogation told rediff.com that Ansari has been forthcoming with his answers. Sporting a long beard and appearing tired, Ansari alias Jundal has been to the point. He has not revealed anything on his own, but has been specific in his answers to all the questions that we have asked him. His knowledge of the 26/11 plot ranges from the planning of the attack in the year 2008 when he was roped in for the operation, tutoring the terrorists in Hindi and also plenty of details about the control room in Karachi from where the attack was coordinated.

His knowledge of David Headley and Tawwahur Rana is something that we are looking into and the details regarding these two men appears to be a bit sketchy at the moment in the words of Ansari, sources also added.

The inner circle of the Pakistani establishment which was involved with the attack is something Ansari has been speaking about. However the issue is that there are various aliases that these terrorists have used and Ansari too has been quoting the same names.

He tells his interrogators that the guidance to the attackers on the ground was provided by him and five others through a satellite phone. While Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakvhi was the man who oversaw the entire operation from the control room, the rest were given orders to specifically monitor two terrorists each at one time.

The interesting aspect is the control room which was not set up in some remote corner in Pakistan but at the heart of Karachi. Ansari says that the control room was situated at the Malir area which is close to the international airport. This according to intelligence bureau officials is a prime area which is secured by the Pakistan police force. This indicates that state actors were very much part of the plot. Such a high profile area could not have been used for three days in a row without the monitoring of the Pakistani establishment. ISI officials and others in the Pakistani military were well aware of this and had intentionally suggested this venue so that apt security and survellience could have been provided to the terrorists who were guiding the attack.

Ansari tells his interrogators that while some of them were given specific roles there were others such as Muzamil Bhat who oversaw the entire assault operation. Bhat who headed the Lashkar-e-Tayiba in Kashmir sought to carry out a similar operation during the 26/11 attack. Everything was done as per plan and there were no hitches whatsoever. Bhat ordered over the phone that they ought to kill as many people as possible. Try to take down the building, compromise the structure was what Bhat ordered the terrorists who had parked themselves at the Trident, Taj and Nariman House. However Bhat who gave orders to the assault team was particular that the Taj Mahal hotel be brought down. He kept instructing them to hurl grenades at regular intervals so that the building could be compromised.

The others in the control room according to Ansari was Zarar Shah who specializes with the technical team of the Lashkar, Abu Al Qama the closest aide of Lakhvi and of course a person by the name Waris who according to the intelligence is Sajid Mir.

Ansari over the days will also be questioned about Sajid Mir, the Lashkar’s international terrorist. The last intelligence input that India gathered about Mir through the US intelligence was that he was kept in a safe house in Karachi near the international airport. This today makes a lot of sense considering that the entire operation of 26/11 was undertaken in the high profile area of Karachi which was again close to the international airport.

Regarding Hafiz Saeed, Ansari says that he was being kept in the know of the operation every second. He was the ideological head of the organization and all through the operation he did pep them up. He wanted the entire attack to be like a war like scenario and always motivated them by telling them the importance of the attack. He always advised us in the control room to keep taking breaks periodically so that we could keep the morale of the attackers high. It was a do or die kind of situation for those on the ground and we wanted to ensure that there was not a single slip up. At no point in time did the 10 attackers slip up and the fact that there was such motivation being provided helped them carry on the attack with a lot of vigour, Ansari also told the police in India.

Ansari was inducted into the plot in the year 2008. The Lashkar top bosses did not want anyone to get wind of the operation and the instructions that were given to us at first was in bits and pieces. The locations were not made known to us immediately and all we were told at first that there would be a big fidayeen attack. At first I was told to teach the attackers Hindi as they did not want the blame leading back to Pakistan.

When the attack commenced it was clear that two would run amock on the streets and kill everyone in sight. We were more interested in taking siege of the buildings and that was a plan that could not have gone wrong for us. We wanted to play out a hostage crisis and put forth a lot of demands. We attacked Nariman House so that we could send a message to the Israelis.

For the rest of the operations to become a success it was important that we created a distraction and that ploy was played to perfection Ajmal Kasab and his buddy partner. The instructions that were given out at first were lesser as we did not want the Indians to get wind of what was happening. We wanted to ensure that the entire police force was kept busy on the ground while the rest could take over the buildings, Ansari also told the police during the questioning.

While these are confessions before the police which cannot be treated as evidence, India still has a long way to go before it could ascertain things to be proven before the court. The voice samples are being checked to see if this is the same man who was in the control room. He will need to be given legal access and put on trial and we would have to wait and see if he maintains all these statements. Another important part of the investigation would be to bring him face to face with Kasab where an identification of Ansari would be conducted, police officials also point out.

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The Abu Jundal terror saga

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The communal riots in Gujarat and Maharashtra which made the resolve of Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal take up terrorism. Jundal who used this alias during a terror operation was born to an insurance agent on November 13 1981.

He was a normal student and had even joined the Indian Technical Institute in the Beed district of Maharashtra. His dossier says that he never showed any signs of being radical all through his teens. However the change began to take place when he witnessed the riots in Maharashtra. The year the Gujarat riots took place, he decided that he had to make a difference after which he joined the Students Islamic Movement of India which had by then shown signs of turning radical (only a part of it).

During his earlier days with SIMI, he was in charge of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra and often shuttled between these two states. He organised several camps in both these states and it was later in the year 2003-04 that he was sent to Pakistan to train with the Lashkar-e-Tayiba. The transition into the Lashkar took place after a meeting with Rahil Sheikh, whose name figures prominently in the 2006 train bombings. Jundal who was attracted to the concept of Jihad bit the bait and left to train in Pakistan.

On his return to India, he was left to handle operations of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and he used the very same camps that he set up with the SIMI to carry forward the activities of the Lashkar. The manner in which he went about his job soon caught the eye of the Lashkar top bosses and from an ordinary foot soldier he had become a trusted operative for the dreaded outfit.

The initial operation thrown up to him was more of a dry run to be carried out in Maharashtra. It was at this time that a major haul of arms and ammunition was seized in Aurangabad. Although 12 of his accomplices were nabbed, he managed to give the slip. The intelligence bureau however believes that a large part of the cache of arms was not seized and this could have been used during the 2006 train blasts. While the train blasts were executed to perfection Jundal however was not present in the country at that time as he had left for Pakistan already.

What made Jundal stand out was the manner in which he was able to both raise funds and recruit cadres into the Lashkar. For a long time the Maharashtra module of the Lashkar was the strongest and this was largely thanks to this man who today is in India’s custody.

Over the years he also donned a bigger role and started recruiting cadres within Pakistan and also sending them to fight alongside the Lashkar in Kashmir. He even stayed in Kashmir for sometime after 2006 and handled operations over there. The Lashkar did realise the talent this man possessed and hence kept changing his base on and off so that the Indian agencies did not get a lurking doubt on what he was up to exactly.

In the year 2008, his name cropped up during the Delhi blasts which was carried out by the Indian Mujahideen. He is said to have provided support to the foot soldiers and using his skills in guiding attacks he managed to get those blasts executed. He was specifically asked to over look this operation as a Delhi blast meant a lot for the IM which was setting its foot hold in India.

However his biggest assignment came in the form of the 26/11 attack. It was during this time that he met with Hafiz Saeed and as per the preliminary investigations he was given a specific role about the attack. He was asked to identify a good target which would send a loud message to the international community and it was then that he suggested Nariman House as a target which was of course later surveyed by David Headley.

He played two roles during the attack. One he familiarised the terrorists to converse in Hindi and he instructed them to always say that they were from Toli Chowki Hyderabad in case they were caught. The other role was to guide the attackers at the Nariman House asking them to make various demands through the media which also included breaking of ties with Israel. Even while guiding the attackers he started off by saying that this is just a trailer and the real movie is yet to begin. Further there were words such as gathbandan (alliance), karenga (to do something) and prashasan (administration) which were used.

After the attack on 26/11, he was asked to lie low and remained in Pakistan. The fact that the Indian agencies remained clueless about his whereabouts and were not able to pin point his exact role in the attack gave him the hope that he could move out of Pakistan. He was then sent to Saudi Arabia. There are conflicting reports as to what he was doing there, but the general belief is that he was there to collect funds and was planning a major operation.

The Indian agencies had however got wind of his movement into Saudi Arabia through connections in Saudi, Nepal and also some intercepts from the United States of America. They watched his movements closely for several weeks and it was finally Saudi Arabia which picked him up and handed him over to the Indian agencies.

The interrogation of Hamza will revolve mainly around the 26/11 attack. The role played by Saeed, others in the establishment will all be questioning points during the interrogation. Sources in the Intelligence Bureau say that he is an important catch and we need to ascertain the lengths he has gone up to spread terror in India. However for Pakistan it is a worrying development. The establishment in Pakistan were aware of some operation leading up to Jundal a couple of days back and had even tried to prevent an extradition from Saudi. However the Saudi regime was very clear that it did not want to entertain any terrorists on its soil and they have a zero policy towards terrorism. This is what went in India’s favour finally.

I was the Hindi tutor

The confession by Lashkar-E-Tayiba operative Abu Jundal is expected to open up a can of worms regarding the Indian link to the 26/11 attacks. He has told the Delhi police that he was in that dreaded control room which guided the attack.
During interrogation he said that he reported to Zaki-ul-Ansari the operational head of the Lashkar. He also says that he was the one who guided Imran Babar at the Nariman House. He also confessed to having taught the attackers Hindi prior to the attack.
The confession clearly states that he had a lot of knowledge regarding the attack. Sources say that he could have been given a specific brief regarding the Nariman house.
When the probe commenced the biggest question mark was on how the Lashkar targeted a little known Nariman house. It was first claimed that it could have been the handiwork of Dawood Ibrahim. However that link was ruled out and the police continued to ponder over this and stated that Headley was the one who spotted this.
However looking at the Jundal case it becomes evident that this man could have provided the logistics regarding Nariman House. Although the Lashkar may have not sent him down personally to survey the place the information regarding the existence of the Nariman House could have been provided by him considering he operated put of this state for so long.
Even his messages to the terrorists on the field spoke about being anti Israeli. He repeatedly told the terrorists to convey through the media that India stops supporting Israel.
Now the ATS will need to question him and will need to file an additional chargesheet in the case. This means Jundal will have to be tried separately. The NIA too which is handling the David Headley angle to this case will also question him and add details into their additional chargesheet.

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Jundal’s first target was Modi in 2002

Abu Jundal or Jindal’s journey into the Lashkar-e-Tayiba has been an interesting one. His first record with the police suggests that he goes by the name Syed Zabiuddin Syed Zakiuddin Ansari. He was with the Students Islamic Movement of India at first and all through he went by the alias Ansari.
It was only after he joined the ranks of the Lashkar that he was given the alias Abu Jundal.
Although a part of SIMI since the 1990s he shot to the limelight first when he plotted the assassination of Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi. However the plot did not go through.
Gradually after the year 2002 he moved into the Lashkar. He was handed over charge of operations in Maharashtra and he mainly operated out of Aurangabad. In the year 2005 he received a huge cache of arms and ammunition from Pakistan and it was planned that they would carry out a major Fidayeen attack. However the police got wind of the same and arrested 11 persons from both the Lashkar and SIMI.
Ansari however managed to give the slip and he disappeared out of the Indian radar. He was spotted at Karachi and is believed to have operated out of there ever since.
The police also suspected his role in the 2006 train bombings. Even though he was unable to operate out of India, he did help the Lashkar set up camps galore in Maharashtra. His contacts in the state helped him pick up information with ease. The IB also suspect that he could have well been the person who identified the Nariman House for the 26/11 attacks.

.. and finally the local link in 26/11

Abu Hamza is without doubt a Pakistani national who was one of the voices who guided the attack on 26/11. Now with Home Minister P Chidambaram giving this man another alias of Abu Jindal, it confuses the case even further and nothing can be said with certainty who exactly is the man they have with them.
Post 26/11 a less explored path was that of a role played by an Indian operative hailing from Maharashtra claiming to have made calls from the North Wazirstan in Pakistan. His name surfaced during the German Bakery blasts at Pune.
However the primary focus regarding this man called Jindal and his role in the 26/11 attack came to light in the year 2010.
While there was a considerable amount of talk regarding this person his name never reached the charge sheet filed by the ATS. At that point in time the Intelligence Bureau said that this man who also goes by the alias Syed Zabiuddin Ansari could have been in the control room which guided the attackers. The lurking doubt was due to the use of Hindi words during the attack.
The conversation by this man who spoke in Hindi not only guided the attack at the Nariman House, but constantly told the attacker Imran Babar to call the media and speak about the Indian government’s apathy towards Muslims.
The voice also told the attackers to convey through the media that India releases all Lashkar-e-Tayiba operatives from Indian jails and also snap all ties with Israel.
While there was not much in the chargesheet about this man, the next time his name came into the limelight was during the German bakery blasts. He had proclaimed that he was behind this attack. He also states that he was calling from Pakistan on behalf of the Lashkar-e-Taiba al-Almi.
At this time the message he sent out was regarding the Kashmir issue.
This claim came interestingly at a time when there was too much focus on the Lashkar. He had claimed that this new outfit had broken away from the main stream Lashkar and was under the ISI. Yet again this was something that could not be verified.
Now comes the question as to whether Hamza and Jindal are two different persons. The answer is yes. The voice samples are under examination to ascertain who exactly this person is. In case the police can confirm that the Hindi speaking man is Jindal then it will be the first arrest ( Sabhauddin and Fahim Nasari were acquitted)  of an Indian in the 26/11 attack. Moreover it solves the big mystery of the local link in the attack.

A Saudi coordinated op

For Indian investigators to properly ascertain the man who they have in their custody would need them to re verify the recordings of 26/11 they have on them. The voice samples will need to be matched with the recordings before they can come to a proper conclusion on the exact identity of the man.
However the operation to bring Hamza down to India would not have been possible had India not had the support of both the Saudi Arabian and Nepal police.
The questioning of an operative by the name Ahtesham helped the police get more clues on Abu Hamza. It was found that he shuttled between Nepal, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. The first of the intercepts came to India when Hamza had moved to Nepal. From Nepal he is said to have moved to Saudi Arabia and this information was passed on by the Nepal police which again was shared with Saudi Arabia.
However Indian agencies say that he was not arrested in Saudi Arabia and deported. We had information that he was coming down to India from Saudi Arabia and managed to nab him at Delhi.
India has been working closely with Saudi Arabia and it is just the begining of the many operations that the two nations will carry out in the future. Saudi was considered to be a happy hunting ground for terrorists from Pakistan, but now that is likely to change, IB sources say.

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Is Hamza Jundal?

There is a lot of confusion that is prevailing regarding the arrest that was carried out by the Delhi police today. Is this man Abu Hamza or is it Abu Jundal or is Abu Hamza alias Abu Jundal.

When these names Abu Hamza and Abu Jundal are taken the three most prominent attacks that come to mind are the 26/11, 2006 train bombings and the IISC attack. Speaking of Abu Hamza, the man wanted in the IISC attack one has to go back to the confession of Sabahuddin Ahmed. In his confession he clearly states Hamza the man he interacted with who also took part in the IISC attack was a Pakistani national. Even the Bangalore police at the time of the IISC probe had specifically stated that the other man who assisted Ahmed during the attack was a Pakistani national who slipped out of India during the attack and left for Pakistan.

Following this came the 2006 train bombings in which the name of one Abu Jundal cropped up. Now this is a man who is a resident of Beed in Maharashtra whose name is attached with the train bombings. At that point in time there was absolutely no indication on part of both the police and the Intelligence Bureau to show that Jundal and Hamza were the same people. Even Sabahuddin Ahmed does not speak about a Jundal from Beed who was with him during the attack.

Abu Jundal was a name that figured during the 2006 train bombings which killed over a 100 people. When his name first figured during the 2006 train bombings it was said that his mother was a resident of Beed, but Jundal spent most of his time in Pakistan.

Aged 30, Jundal was instrumental in setting up modules for the Lashkar-e-Tayiba particularly in Maharashtra. Intelligence Bureau officials also said that he was one of the point men for the Lashkar in Maharashtra and the biggest role that he played for them was during the train bombings in the year 2006.

All through Jundal was given charge of this state as he was familiar with the terrain. His name did briefly crop up during the 26/11 attack and it was believed that he could have provided some logistic support for the attack. However this was never ascertained and the IB had that point in time said that Pakistan had tried to avoid every possible Indian link so that the attack did not come out in the open before its execution. Moreover Jundal was someone close to the Indian operatives and the Lashkar felt that involving him meant that word could have spread and the operation could have failed.

Following the train bombings came the CRPF Rampur attack in which Ahmed was once again an accused. This time around too he speaks about the Hamza who he had worked with during the IISC attack. Once again there is no mention of this man being the Indian called Jundal.

When the 26/11 attack broke out it was Hamza’s name which once again did the rounds. This time around all agencies did confirm that it was the same man who was present during the IISC attack and they stuck to the version that he was a Pakistani. At no point in time were any of the agencies even ready to confirm that there was an Indian hand in the attack.

It was only a year later that the name of Jundal started to crop up and there was a theory attached whether he was the same man was the handler during the 26/11 attack. The agencies had made it very clear at that time this Jundal was the one who had carried out the train bombings while Hamza was the Pakistani who guided the attack.

It is now for the investigating agencies to ascertain and make clear who exactly this man is. Whether the two men are the same or are they two completely different people. In case they ascertain that both the men are the same then it becomes clear that Ahmed was lying in his confession about the nationality of this person. Moreover the theory of the Maharashtra police that there were no other Indians involved in the 26/11 attack too goes wrong.

What does Hamza have on him?

With the arrest of Abu Hamza comes a host of information pertaining to the 26/11 attack. It is a known fact that he played a very crucial role in coordinating the attack and was instrumental in the guiding the attackers who killed over 160 people.

Although the Lashkar-e-Tayiba had worked on a very need to know basis, Hamza was one among the select few who was in the know of the entire operation from day one. The very fact that he was given the coveted role of a handler during the attack would mean that he was in the know of the entire operation in order to guide the attack. As per the investigation, apart from Hamza the other handlers involved in the attack were Muzzamil Bhat, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakvhi, Major Samir Ali and Major Iqbal. Going by these names it does indicate that Hamza is in the know of all these operatives very well and they worked together in order to coordinate the attack.

Hamza according to the IB was very familiar with the layout of the buildings that were attacked during the 26/11 attack. There has been a lurking doubt whether Hamza had visited India prior to the attack or not. However investigations suggest that he apart from guiding the attackers had also laid out an escape plan for the attackers. He was well aware of an escape route in the Taj Mahal Hotel and had advised the attackers to use that route in order to escape.

Further the confessions of David Headley also mentions the name of Hamza along with the other ISI officials who worked on this attack. IB sources say that Hamza will be crucial to the investigation. Being such a high level operative he is sure to have the answers to the likes of the mysterious majors involved in the attack.

IB sources say that there has been a lot of speculation regarding the role played by some ISI officials during the attack and the questioning of Hamza would give a better picture regarding the same.

The other mystery man in the attack is Sajid Mir who is not only wanted by India, but agencies from different parts of the world. While Pakistan has been saying that there is no man such as Sajid Mir, the intelligence in India had specific information that he was kept in a safe house on Airport road in Karachi immediately after the 26/11 attack. India would look to get some details on Mir as well. Looking at the David Headley confession closely it is evident that Mir was very much in Karachi during the attack. Along with Hamza he too had given instructions to the attackers during the attack which gives the indication that both had worked together on the project.

Hamza meanwhile would also help build India’s case against Tawwahur Rana. As per the confession of David Headley, Rana had personally congratulated the handlers of the attack. Whether Hamza had any direct connection with Rana or not is also something that Hamza would be able to confirm during the investigation.

Ajmal Kasab one of the attackers also told the police that during the run up to the operation he was in touch with Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Abu Hamza, Abu Kafa and Abu Jhundal. These meetings with Hamza had taken place at a place called Battal in Pakistan.

During the time of the attack he went by the name Zabiuddin. He spoke fluently in Hindi and this foxed Indian agencies when they listened into the conversation. There was a great deal of confusion regarding the nationality of Hamza. While the confession of Sabahuddin Ahmed claims that he is a Pakistani national, many others suspect that he hailed from Beed in Maharashtra.

IB sources say that he could have trained the 26/11 attackers in speaking Hindi so that they could conceal their identity about being Pakistani nationals. If the police are able to ascertain that he is the same man from India then it would be a big breakthrough in finding the Indian link to the attack

Who is Abu Hamza?

From a low level operative to one of the most dreaded operatives of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba. That is Abu Hamza, the man who today is finally in the custody of the Delhi police.

Hamza whose name figures right on top of the list of most wanted in the 26/11 attack was in charge of operations at Kashmir for the Lashkar since the past one year which was one of the main reasons why he came down to India in the first place.

The nabbing of Abu Hamza is also very interesting. The Delhi police who had in their custody an operative by the name Ahtesham is the one who has been spilling out the details on the movements of Hamza which helped the police nab him.

Hamza started off as a cadre with the Lashkar around 10 years back. He had an eye for detail and helped planning and executing various attacks. Apart from taking part in recruitment’s of youth for the Lashkar, according to the dossiers of the Intelligence Bureau, Hamza involved himself more with the planning. He had a role to play in the 2006 train bombings prior to which he planned the IISC attack at Bangalore. During the 26/11 attack he was the voice from Pakistan which guided the attackers on that fateful night which led to the death of over 150 people.

Termed as a wily operative, IB sources say that he has been in and out of India on several occasions, but had always managed to give the police the slip. After the IISC attack during which he was very much present in Bangalore, he returned to India once again during the 2006 train bombings. One of the co accused in the IISC attack Sabahuddin Ahmed also says in his confession that Hamza helped execute the attack. However the first India stint that Hamza did in the form of IISC was a dud and he was pulled up by the Lashkar bosses at that time. However from then there was no stopping him and he actively took part in every major operation of the Lashkar. The other major attack that has a Hamza stamp on it is the attack on CRPF camp at Rampur Uttar Pradesh.

His dossier says that Hamza is an ace with the logistics and is a very good guider of attacks. He visits the spot prior to the attack and his photographic memory helps him carry instructions over phone, his dossier also states. His skills have earned him an unattainable position in the Lashkar and he was one of the very few in the outfit who was aware of the David Headley operation in India.

The investigation into the 26/11 attack shows that he had played a major role in the 26/11 attack and according to the various confessions it is clear that he coordinated the entire attack over phone. The Delhi police now suspect that he could have well visited India prior to the 26/11 attack which helped him guide the attack to perfection.

Sabahuddin Ahmed one of the accused in the IISC attack has told the police a great deal about Hamza. He says that Hamza is a Pakistani national who he met with when he had crossed over into that country for the first time. Hamza was very close with the big wigs in the Lashkar and he stayed in touch constantly with him during the planning of the IISC attack. Hamza met him only a couple of time at that time and one of those times was when Ahmed was sent for arms training.

Hamza then came down to Bangalore separately and he remained in touch with Ahmed at the time of the attack. Hamza reached the IISC first and waited for Ahmed to reach there. Hamza was the man who was supposed to hurl the grenade while Ahmed was the one who was with the AK-47. Hamza immediately managed to give the Bangalore police the slip and left for Hyderabad before slipping into Pakistan.

Only a year later his name surfaced during the 2006 train bombings. He was in touch with the operatives who planted the bombs and once again he guided them through with the attacks.

IB sources say that he is wily and has this knack of staying off the radar and re-surfacing at will. Ahmed also pointed out that he gives out instructions with much ease and does a thorough survey of targets before he guides the other operatives.

The Delhi police will now try and ascertain whether Hamza was present in India prior to the 26/11 attacks. The voice samples do confirm that it was Hamza on the phone who led the attackers.

Hamza’s latest role was being played in Kashmir. According to the confession of Ahtesham, Hamza was given charge of Kashmir and the Lashkar were planning a series of big attacks over there. Hamza who was asked to lie low after the 26/11 attack was handed over charge of Kashmir operations only a year back and he was constantly in touch with the operatives in the Valley and carrying out recruitment’s.