It's better I die, instead of staying in this situation: Abu Jundal

Aug 21, 2015, 10:40 IST | Sailee Dhayalkar

26/11 handler's lawyer claims Jundal said this, even as his hunger strike demanding to be moved to Anda cell has gone beyond two weeks; his recent blood and urine report reveals presence of ketones

Ajmal Qasab’s handler Abu Jundal (in pic), who is accused of a central role in the 26/11 attacks, and charged with waging war against India, has been on hunger strike for more then two weeks now, and his recent blood and urine report reveals the presence of ketones.

Abu Jundal
Abu Jundal

On August 5, Jundal’s advocate, Asif Naqvi had filed an application before the Special MCOCA court saying Jundal had gone on a hunger strike, and atrocities were being committed against him by jail authorities, who keep telling him to accept his guilt.

According to his lawyer, Jundal says, “It’s better I die, instead of staying in this situation.” Jundal is not going to court in the Aurangabad arms haul case. But the jail authorities file his medical report on a daily basis.

His report produced in the court on Thursday says his urine and blood investigations reveal the presence of ketones. The report says his health is relatively stable at present but he might need to be admitted in J J hospital this week.

The report also says that he had glucose powder once on Wednesday and Thursday. Speaking to mid-day, Naqvi said, “He is going to remain on hunger strike unless he is shifted. His condition is deteriorating.

Jundal says that if the authorities are looking at his security, then they should at least shift him to the Anda cell. He doesn’t want to stay in solitary confinement.” Naqvi had previously told mid-day, “Jundal is feeling very isolated in solitary confinement as there is no air, no light and he has not been brought out of the jail for a long time.”

Jundal has also alleged that the fact that he is not allowed to step out of the cell for long periods is causing him mental stress. He alleged that atrocities are also being committed against him by jail authorities, who want him to confess.

Jundal, who was nabbed in Saudi Arabia and deported to India in 2012, is accused of a central role in the 26/11 attacks and waging war against India. Investigators claim audio recordings establish that Jundal was based in a control room in Pakistan during 26/11, passing instructions on the phone to the terrorists who had fanned out across Mumbai with grenades and machine guns, killing 166 people in 2008.

What are ketones?
Ketones are substances that are made when the body breaks down fat for energy. Ketones indicate fasting. Normally, the body gets the energy it needs from carbohydrates in the diet. But stored fat is broken down and ketones are made if the diet does not contain enough carbohydrates to supply the body with sugar (glucose) for energy, or if the body can’t use blood sugar (glucose) properly.

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