Maharashtra minister denies any link to Abu Jundal

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Mumbai, Jun 26: Fauzia Tahseen Khan, Minister of State for Education in Maharashtra, has refuted allegations about her links with Abu Jundal who played a key role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

The minister has been in the eye of a political storm ever since reports came of the terrorist spending a day in her room at the old legislators' hostel near Mantralaya in 2009. At that time, she was a MLC.

"Many people stay at my government accommodation and it is not possible for me to be aware of the credentials of everyone of them. I have no idea why my name is being dragged into this. I do not know Jundal," Khan told newspersons here today.

The NCP leader said that she will continue to cooperate with the police in the investigation. "I am ready to face any kind of inquiry to clear my name. I have nothing to do with the terrorist," she asserted.

Incidentally, both Khan and Abu Jundal hail from the Marathwada region of Maharashtra. The latter was arrested from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Jun 21 after Saudi Arabia deported him. 

Jundal is believed to have been present in the control room at Karachi in Pakistan when 26/11 convict Ajmal Amir Kasab and his accomplices terrorised Mumbai in the last week of Nov 2008. According to Kasab, Jundal taught them Hindi.

Intelligence agencies recorded several conversations between the gang and Jundal during the 26/11 attacks. Voice transcripts of the same could come in handy for the police to make a foolproof case against Jundal.

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