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Somnath temple, Bollywood, Shiv Sena targets of LeT: FBI

india Updated: Dec 15, 2009 10:07 IST

Besides the National Defense College in New Delhi, Somnath temple in Gujarat and certain Bollywood stars and Shiv Sena leaders in Mumbai were also the targets of banned LeT, which was planning to carry out strikes with the help of two Chicago-based residents of Pakistani origin, the FBI has said.

The three possible LeT targets were revealed for the first time by the FBI in a footnote to the fresh evidence and charge sheet submitted by it against Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana, the terror-suspect whose bail plea hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in a Chicago court.

"In the September 7, 2009 conversation, Headley discussed four targets with Rana -- Somnath (a temple in India) and Denmark, Bollywood (a reference to the Indian film industry) and Shiv Sena (a political party in India with roots in Hindu nationalism)," the FBI said in a foot note on page nine of the 10-page fresh affidavit.

"In his post-arrest statement, Rana falsely claimed that these were references to potential business ventures. It is difficult to imagine why a person who praises the work of a designated terrorist group that attacks India would look at an Indian temple or a Hindu nationalist party as a business venture," the FBI noted.

"And it bears note that, as set out in the complaint, 'business' and 'investments' were code words used by Rana, David Coleman Headley (American-born terror suspect also charged for plotting Mumbai terror attacks), "Pasha" (a retired Pakistani Army Brigadier) and others to describe terrorist plots," the FBI said.