AURANGABAD: The Aurangabad anti-terrorism squad (ATS) has started the process to verify whether the alleged terrorist arrested by the Delhi police on June 21 was indeed Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Hamza alias Abu Jundal.
Navinchandra Reddy, superintendent of police (ATS), in-charge of the Marathwada ATS, said on Monday, "So far, we have not received any official communication in this regard. Things will be confirmed after his voice samples available with the authorities are verified."
Ansari is wanted for his involvement in various terror acts, including the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and the German Bakery blast in Pune in 2010. He had disappeared from Beed following a big arms haul near Ellora caves in May 2006.
Ansari is the son of an insurance agent, who moved to Kagzi Darwaza area in Beed from Georai taluka about 12 years ago. He has five sisters. He did his MA and pursued an electrician's course from a technical institute. He quickly earned the reputation of being an efficient electrician and even did some electrical work for the Beed police superintendent's office.
Reddy said that Ansari, who used different aliases, is also wanted in connection with the May 2006 arms seizure in Ellora ghat. He said that it came to be known only during the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai that he was using the alias Abu Hamza.
Ansari, allegedly a member of the Laskhkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which carried out the Mumbai attacks, and another terror suspect from Beed, Fayyaz Kagzi, were on the run ever since the seizure of arms and arrest of suspected terrorists near Ellora ghat, about 25 km from Aurangabad on May 9, 2006.
In a joint operation, the Aurangabad rural police and the Mumbai ATS had arrested several youths and had seized a jeep, which was laden with 11 AK 47 rifles, 2,200 cartridges and 33 kg of RDX. Later, a car, in which the suspects had managed to give the police a slip, was found abandoned in Nashik district . The car was also found laden with arms and explosives . The jeep was hired from Beed, while the car belonged to a businessman in Aurangabad. The drivers of both the vehicles were arrested and are under trial.
The arms seizure had led to many arrests in Aurangabad and Beed districts in Marathwada and Malegaon in Nashik district. It was since then that Aurangabad and Beed districts as well as Malegaon had come on the ATS radar.
Ansari was allegedly a member of the banned terror group SIMI and was later recruited by the LeT. He was also wanted in connection with the July 11, 2006, train blasts in Mumbai. The Beed police had booked him and another suspect from Beed, Samad Khan Shahsher Khan (who is under trial in connection with the arms seizure near Ellora), in 2007 for forgery and cheating. They had allegedly forged documents to obtain SIM cards of a cell phone service provider. The SIM cards were later used in terror activities, ATS sources said.