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.