David Headley, arrested in the United States for his alleged links with terror group Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, and currently India’s most wanted man, had twice visited Pune, where a number of crucial defence facilities are located.
Pune’s Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Branch), Ravindra Sengaonkar, confirmed this to Hindustan Times. While also confirming that a National Investigation Agency team had visited the city two days ago, he refused to give more details, saying it could compromise the investigation.
Headley’s first trip to Pune was in July 2008, before the November 26, 2008, terror attack on Mumbai. The next trip was in March 2009. Both times, he also dropped in at Pune’s Osho International Meditation Resort.
The resort, located in the posh Koregaon Park area, wrote to the Pune police saying Headley had visited them on July 24, 2008, and March 16, 2008. Amrit Sadhna, the resort’s spokesperson confirmed the two visits.
“We will extend all cooperation to the police. A number of foreigners come to the resort for meditation. We are concerned only with their meditation, we do not ask them for other details,” Sadhna told HT.
Pune police have tightened security around all defence establishments in the wake of these developments. Sources also said Headley had made both Pune trips on a business visa.
The NIA team checked to see if Headley had contacted any locals or visited any specific locations, including defence establishments, and where he had lived. Both times, he came from and returned to Mumbai. The NIA is reportedly running the entire investigation, with Pune police providing support where needed.