Tahawwur Hussain Rana, the Canadian national of Pakistani origin and a Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative held in the US, visited the Taj Mahal in Agra 12 days before the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attack.
Rana is an associate of David Headley, another LeT operative who visited Mumbai eight times before the November 26 attacks. Headley is also in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s custody in the US.
Saleem Surnia, husband of an aunt of Rana’s wife Samraj Akhtar, received the couple in Delhi on November 13 and drove them to his Meerut home, 70 km northeast of Delhi.
The couple had come to Meerut to attend the condolence meeting of Akhtar’s grandmother, who died a few days ago.
Next day, they visited the Taj with Akhtar’s aunt Farzana and her daughter Zoya Akbar, who live at Hapur in Ghaziabad district, 60 km east of New Delhi.
Rana spent the night of November 14 at a hotel in Agra and did the reconnaissance next day.
Farzana disclosed that Rana had served the Pakistani Army as a doctor for 16 years before settling in Chicago. The Indian relatives were not aware of the other face of Rana.
She said, “Since we met the couple after 16 years, we welcomed them like any other relative.”