NEW DELHI, June 25 � A 43-month international hunt for a key handler of terrorists who struck Mumbai has ended with the arrest of Abul Jundal alias Syed Zabiuddin who was detained in Saudi Arabia and sent here four days ago, reports PTI.
Thirty-year-old Zabiuddin with another alias Riyasat Ali is an Indian national who is said to have been issuing directions from a �control room� in Pakistan to 10 terrorists who went on a rampage in Mumbai in November, 2008 killing 166 persons.
Zabiuddin, who was deported from Saudi Arabia on India�s request, was arrested on his arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport by Delhi Police on June 21, police said. He was remanded to police custody for 15 days by a Delhi court the same day.
Zabiuddin had taught Hindi to the 10 Lashker-e-Taiba terrorists that carried out the Mumbai attacks. A resident of Georai area of Beed district in Maharashtra, he had given a slip to the Mumbai Police when an arms consignment in Aurungabad was seized in 2006 and left for Pakistan.
Along with five others, he was present in the control room and was heard instructing terrorists who were engaged in a fight with NSG commandos at Nariman House, officials associated with the probe said.
They added that Zabiuddin had told Lashker terrorists to convey to the media that the �attack was a trailer and the entire movie was yet to come�.