Suspected Lashkar operative on hunger strike in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail

Mumbai: Suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, an accused in the 26/11 attacks, has gone on hunger strike in the Arthur Road Jail here demanding that he be shifted from ‘anda’ cell to a normal prison, police said today.

Jundal, who was allegedly behind some major bomb blasts in several cities of the country, has been on a hunger strike since yesterday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Detection) Dhananjay Kulkarni said.

The decision to change an inmate’s cell is solely taken by the concerned jail authorities, police said.

Senior jail officials take decision in such matters after discussing with higher prison authorities, they said.

‘Anda’ cell is a small high security cell used to keep hardcore criminals in isolation.

A native of Beed in Maharashtra, Jundal was arrested in Delhi following his deportation from Saudi Arabia in 2012.

The NIA had chargesheeted Jundal here for allegedly conspiring to carry out militant activities in India, including the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and Aurangabad arms haul case. (PTI)