Sayed Zabiuddin alias Abu Jundal, a prize catch in the 26/11 terror case, picked up his first lessons in terrorism when the Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist Mohammed Aslam alias Aslam Kashmiri arranged for his arms training in Nepal in 2004.
Claiming to be indoctrinated after the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat in 2002, the 30-year-old Jundal told interrogators that he was introduced to ‘jehad’ by Aslam Kashmiri, a resident of Hasplote in Thanamandi of Rajouri in Jammu region.
According to his interrogation report submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Zabiuddin said that four youths from Maharashtra and Gujarat were handed over to Aslam Kashmiri for ex-filtration through Poonch region in 2004 but they were killed by the Army, raising suspicions about Kashmiri’s role.
Official sources said on Sunday that Aslam Kashmiri again approached Zabiuddin and Fayaz Kagzi and asked them to accompany him for arms training, but the killing of the four youths had raised doubts that he could have been working for the Army.
This prompted Aslam Kashmiri to put them through to LeT’s high command in Pakistan on phone as a proof about the genuineness that he was working for the terror group, Zabiuddin told his interrogators.
After this, Zabiuddin, a resident of Beed in Maharashtra, along with four people, left for Nepal where they received training in arms and manufacturing of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).
Upon his return, Zabiuddin engaged in brainwashing more youths for spreading the terror network in the hinterland, the sources said. His links with terror activity came up during the probe in the blast at the Ahmedabad railway station that occurred early on February 19, 2006.