Headley stayed at Taj, associate was there 5 days before 26/11
American terror suspect David Headley had stayed at the Taj hotel in Mumbai that bore the brunt of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists during their carnage in the city last year.mumbai Updated: Nov 13, 2009 20:56 IST
American terror suspect David Headley had stayed at the Taj hotel in Mumbai that bore the brunt of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists during their carnage in the city last year.
Official sources said investigations have revealed that Headley, arrested by US investigating agency FBI for planning terror attacks in India, stayed at Taj between March 28 and March 30, 2007. During this period, he stayed in Room No 1809, they said.
Headley came back to the hotel on May 2, 2007 and stayed in Room No 314 till May 7.
Headley's associate Tahawar Hussain Rana, a Canadian of Pakistani origin and also under FBI custody, had stayed in a guest house in south Mumbai till November 21, 2008, before flying off to a European destination on way back to Canada.
The sources said this has raised suspicion that he may have given final touches to the audacious terror strikes five days later that left 183 people dead including some American, British and Israeli nationals.
National Investigating Agency and central security agencies are now probing into the travel details of both the suspects to check if they had any hand in the 26/11 attack or the serial bomb blasts in the country between 2006 and 2008.
Meanwhile, a city-based property dealer has said that Headley had contacted him for a flat.
"He told me that my number was given to him by an old client of mine. He came and I showed him two to three flats, out of which he liked one. He wanted to take that flat but he did not have proper documents. That is the reason I said no to him," Sunny Singh said.
He said Headley had come with a girl who he claimed was his wife.