Year after 26/11, LeT planned to attack another city, reveals Headley

  • Kanchan Chaudhari and Charul Shah, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 14, 2016 00:06 IST
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Key operative of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) David Coleman Headley on Friday revealed that about a year after the attack on Mumbai in 2008, the Pakistan-based militant outfit planned to attack another destination near the country’s financial capital.

The 56-year-old US national told additional sessions judge Govind Sanap during his testimony on Friday that he had received a mail mentioning the plan from his LeT handler Sajid Mir on July 10, 2009. “There is an investment plan, not in Rahul’s city, but at a place nearby,” read the mail sent by Sajid Mir to Headley.

The accused-turned-approver in the 26/11 attacks case clarified that the words used by Mir “investment plan” referred to a plan of attack, and “Rahul” referred to Rahul Bhat, who is son of filmmaker Mahesh Bhat, whom Headley had come to know during his visits to Mumbai. The term “Rahul’s city” referred to Mumbai, and thus the plan was to attack some place near Mumbai, Headley clarified. He, however, added that since he could not meet Sajid Mir thereafter he was not aware of the place which LeT planned to target.

Headley also told additional sessions judge Govind Sanap that he had shared information about all the persons known to him from Mumbai with Sajid Mir, his contact in ISI, Major Iqbal, his friend from the US, Dr Tahavur Hussain Rana and Major Abdul Rehman Pasha, his contact in al-Qaida, and therefore all of them knew about the persons he knew in Mumbai.

He said he had also shared with the group information about Shiv Sena functionary Rajaram Rege.

Headley said Sajid Mir and Major Pasha were interested in attacking vital Indian cities and installations. Major Iqbal was interested in obtaining classified information on Indian military and paramilitary forces, and Dr Rana was interested in making money by expanding his business – the Chicago-based Immigrant Law Center, he said.

He said while Major Iqbal of ISI had asked him to keep Rajaram Rege engaged in seminars and conferences, Sajid had told him to continue to pursue the contact so that they can “take care of Bala and his son.” He clarified that the words ‘Bala and his son’ referred to late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and his son Uddhav.

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