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Abu Jundal, one of the handlers of the 26/11 terrorists, today expressed his desire before a metropolitan court to confess his complicity in the brazen attacks, a day after he was confronted with Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving assassin in the case.

Thirty-year-old Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal made a verbal plea before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate P S Rathod that he wanted to make a voluntary confession about his role in the attacks, sources in the Crime Branch, which is investigating the 26/11 case, said.

The magistrate explained to him the procedure of recording the confession and also informed him that his confessional statement could be used against him.

Jundal, sources said, replied in the affirmative when asked if he wanted to make his confession voluntarily.

In keeping with legal provisions, Jundal was told by the court that he would be given time to think whether he really wanted to give confession. He would be produced again before the court after two days and his statement will be recorded if he still wants to make the confession, sources said.

Jundal, who was hitherto in the custody of the Crime Branch, would now be lodged in solitary confinement at Arthur Road Central to ensure he is not influenced by anyone.

Held on the charge of participating in 26/11 attacks conspiracy, Jundal was earlier brought to the Esplanade court amid tight security and litigants and the media were asked to leave the courtroom.

(Source : PTI)


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