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NIA gets nod to book Headley, his handlers for 26/11

delhi Updated: Dec 22, 2011 02:50 IST
Rajesh Ahuja
Rajesh Ahuja
Hindustan Times

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is all set to charge David Coleman Headley, Pakistani-American ISI and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative, and two ISI officers, Major Samir Ali and Major Iqbal, for the larger conspiracy of which the 26/11 Mumbai attack was a part.

"Headley and his handlers could execute only the Mumbai strike. But the larger conspiracy went beyond the 26/11 attack. We will charge sheet Headley and his handlers for the larger conspiracy," said a source.

The government has given sanction mandated under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) to the NIA in this regard.

The NIA is likely to charge Jammat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, Headley’s accomplice Tahawur Rana, LeT commander Zaki-ur Rahman Lakhvi, Al Qaeda commander Illiyas Kashmiri and LeT operatives and former Pakistani army officers Sajid Majid and Abdur Rehman alias Pasha. Al Qaeda operative Kashmiri was killed in a drone attack in the tribal areas of Pakistan in June this year.

Headley had also done a recce of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai and many other places.