Live: Headley took 4 boat rides in Mumbai to identify landing points

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2016 14:34 IST
Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman on Thursday continued his deposition for the third day before a court in Mumbai.

2:30 pm David Coleman Headley had taken at least four boat rides in Mumbai to look for suitable landing points for the attackers. Headley made the deposition before the sessions court of judge GA Sanap on Thursday.

According to the Headley, he came to India in April 2008 after his Lashkar-e-Taiba handlers asked him to conduct a reconnaissance of possible landing points in Mumbai in March that year. Headley said that in April he took two boat rides from Badhwar Park, one from opposite Hotel Taj Palace and Towers, and one from Worli to see which one of them suited as landing point for the 10 LeT operatives to attack Mumbai. In July 2008, Headley once again visited India to confirm that the landing points could be used by the attackers.

In March 2008, a meeting was held in Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi’s place in Muzaffarabad. The meeting was attended by Lakhvi, Muzzamil, Sajid and Abu Qahafa. Headley met a clean shaven who was introduced to him as Abdur Rehman, a frogman of the Pakistan Navy.

1:15 pm: LeT planned attack on Akshardham Temple post Babri, says Headley

The he deposition of David Coleman Headley began before a special Mumbai court on Thursday where he revealed the sequence of events and planning behind the 26/11 terror attacks. Here is what we know so far:

A person named Abu Dujata introduced Headley to Muzzammil. Later he learned that both Abu Dujata and Muzzammil visited Indian occupied Kashmir.

Abu Aiman Mazhar was in charge of LeT’s women wing

Besides India occupied Kashmir, Muzzammil planned many attacks in different states of India, particularly Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Muzzammil Bhatt had planned to attack Akshardham temple in Gujarat post destruction of Babri Masjid.

Sajid Mir and Abu Khafa were talking on phone with 26/11 attackers from a control room in Karachi.

Abu Khafa was involved in 26/11 terror attack after Headley heard his voice on Sajid Mir’s laptop. Sajid Mir played an audio clip having Abu Khafa’s voice on his laptop in Rawalpindi.

12: 30 pm : Ishrat killed in botched-operation, says Headley

Headley said LeT operative Abu Aiman’s mother heads the terrorist organizations women’s wing.

Headley also spilled the beans on the 19-year-old Mumbra girl Ishrat Jahan and picked up her name when quizzed by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam about a “botched up operation” mentioned to him (Headley) by LeT commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi.

Headley told the court that Lakhvi had mentioned to him about a “botched-up operation” conducted in India by another LeT operative Muzammil Butt where a female member of the terror outfit was killed.

Prodded by Nikam to elaborate on the operation and the members involved in it, Headley said, “(I was told) It was a shootout with police in which a (female) suicide bomber was killed.”

To which the prosecutor prompted three names of which Headley picked up Jahan before telling the court that “there is a female wing in LeT and one Abu Aiman’s mother headed it.” Four persons- Ishrat Jahan, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an encounter with Gujarat Police on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.

12:00 pm LeT planned attacks in Gujarat too

David Coleman Headley, one of the prime accused in the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai, told a special Mumbai court that terror outfit LeT had planned several attacks in Maharashtra, Kashmir and Gujarat.

Headley also confirmed that LeT has a separate naval wing and that Mohd Yakub who was in charge of LeT’s sea operations.

He also said that Sajid Mir had showed him the Indian media coverage of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks on his laptop in Rawalpindi.

10:30 am Headley told the Mumbai court that Mumbra girl Ishrat Jehan was a suicide bomber of LeT.

10:20 am RBI had rejected Headley’s application to open business account

The Reserve Bank of India had rejected an application by Headley seeking clearance to open a business account in June 2007.

Making this revelation, Headley said he had received funds for terror from both LeT and Pakistan’s ISI which was used for gathering intelligence and other works in India, including starting a business.

With this funding, Headley said, he opened an office in south Mumbai’s Tardeo area and on October 12, 2006, he even applied to Reserve Bank of India for permission to open a business account.

Interestingly, his visa consultant in Chicago, Raymond Sanders - who had earlier assisted him in procuring an Indian visa with false information - also helped him in the RBI formality, but the country’s apex bank rejected the application on June 1, 2007.

In January 2007, hoping to launch a business in India, Headley had hired an office in Tardeo A/C Market for Rs. 13,500 per month and named his landlord as Vora and Maroo Bharucha who was his secretary at the office.

The opening of office and application to open a business bank account were in consonance with the earlier plans by his handlers who wanted him to start a business in India.

10 AM : Headley visited Reliance webworld on 12 Sept,18th & 30th Oct 2007 to access the internet and exchange emails with Tahawwur Rana, Major Iqbal and Sajid Mir in Pakistan . While exchanging emails, the trio used a code language. Headley also used two to three mobile numbers between the period of 2006 to 2009 during his visit to India.

9:30 am ISI sponsored all of Headley’s trips to India

Headley said Tahawur Rana was aware of his connection with LeT and that he was going to India for intelligence work on instructions of the terror outfit. In fact Rana had visited Mumbai just before 26/11 attacks.

He also revealed that all his India trips were sponsored by ISI.

8: 30 am Headley first opened an office in Mumbai’s Tardeo AC market on 14th September, 2006

Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman on Thursday continued his deposition for the third day before a court in Mumbai.

Deposing from an undisclosed location in the US, Headley told special judge G A Sanap that ISI was helping different terror outfits in Pakistan and was providing financial, military and moral support.

8;00 am Major Iqbal gave Headley $25000 to conduct reconnaissance of possible targets in India

Headley told the court that Major Iqbal of ISI had given him 25,000 US dollars and his handler Sajid Mir had paid him Rs 40,000 in Pakistani rupee to conduct reconnaissance of possible targets in India. Headley had met Major Iqbal at a location between Lahore airport and defence quarters, after Major Iqbal with Major Sameer Ali’s reference had called Headley on his cell phone which Headley had obtained on the name of his brother-in-law Rizwan.

Major Iqbal had then introduced him to his senior Lt Col Hamza and had met the army officer for a period of two hours, where Headley was asked to report to Major Iqbal and was assured of financial help.

In the second half of 2006, Headley got close to Major Iqbal who then appointed a non-commission officer to train Headley on surveillance and reconnaissance techniques. In August 2006 when Headley returned to Pakistan, he had two separate meetings with Major Iqbal and Sajid Mir. Major Iqbal went to Headley’s house and paid 25,000 US dollars in three bundles two of which had 10,000 US dollars and one bundle of 5,000 US dollars.

When Headley met Sajid Mir, Sajid was already aware of the money Major Iqbal had paid him. On his fourth trip to India, Major Iqbal had asked him conduct surveillance of Pune, and had given him high quality Indian counterfeit notes.

Headley first opened an office in Mumbai’s Tardeo AC market on 14th September, 2006.

The deposition of Headley could not happen on Wednesday due to a technical snag in the video conference in the US. Headley, who had conducted recce of the places in Mumbai which were attacked by 10 LeT terrorists on November 26, 2008, also revealed that the outfit had initially planned to attack a conference of Indian Idefence scientists in Taj Mahal Hotel.

He said he had also conducted a recce of the famous Siddhivinayak Temple and Naval air station on directions of LeT commanders. While spilling beans about involvement of Pakistan’s army and intelligence agency in terrorism in India, he said he knew ISI official Brigadier Riyaz being the handler of LeT’s top commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, who was the mastermind of 26/11 attacks.

Headley, who had visited Mumbai seven times to scout for targets, revealed that plans to target Mumbai had started over a year before 26/11.

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