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Did disappeared SIMI and IM cadres use Headley's services?

india Updated: Nov 09, 2009 19:23 IST

The presence of David Headley in Mumbai has thrown up many questions before investigators busy trying to find out whether disappeared cadres of banned SIMI and Indian Mujahideen had used his immigration service.

Since Headley had set up his office in the metropolis in 2006-07, the Central security agency sleuths were burning midnight oil to ascertain how many wanted militants had escaped during this period and whether they had used the services of Headley's immigration services, sources said.

Headley, who came to India nine times since 2006-07, had wound up the entire immigration business in April this year and the sleuths could not get single information about his functioning of business and clients.

The mysterious disappearance of many accused from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Hyderabad including that of Rahil Sheikh, an alleged mastermind in the 2006 Mumbai serial blasts that left 187 people dead, was being looked into.

The sources said that after winding up the immigration office in Mumbai, Headley had rented out the space to someone else.

The 49-year-old Headley was arrested by the FBI at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport as he prepared to board a flight to Philadelphia and intended to travel to Pakistan. FBI also arrested Tahawwur Hussain Rana, 48, a Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin, for alleged involvement in terror activities.

The sources said that the immigration forms of Headley were being dug out to ascertain further details including the people with whom the accused had got in touch upon his arrival in the country.

FBI arrested both Rana and Headley for planning to carry out terrorist activities in and outside the US with the help of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.

During the interrogation, they told FBI that they were planning to carry out terror attacks in India, which included hitting vital installations like National Defence College in Delhi and five star hotels.

FBI shared this information with the Indian government following which a team was sent to the US immediately. The team was studying the case but had not got any access to the two accused.