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Terror suspect lived near US consulate

mumbai Updated: Nov 09, 2009 01:06 IST
Debasish Panigrahi

David Coleman Headley, who was arrested in the US on October 27 for planning terror strikes in India and Denmark, lived in an apartment “very close” to the American consulate at Breach Candy in south Mumbai.

This was disclosed by sources in the Mumbai Police Crime Branch.

Requesting anonymity because they are not authorised to speak to the media, they said they are now probing the Pakistani-born US citizen Headley’s “possible” involvement in the November 26, 2008, terror attacks on the city. They told Hindustan Times that Headley had taken the flat on rent for about one-and-a-half years, although he lived there only occasionally.

The Crime Branch has summoned the flat owner to ask him about the real estate agent he had engaged for the deal. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Rakesh Maria said “so far” Headley’s connection with the 26/11 plot or the attack has not been established.

“Our investigation is on. But nothing on his involvement with 26/11 has surfaced so far,” Maria told HT on Sunday. He confirmed Headley had visited Mumbai three to four times, but did not specify the duration or timing of his visits. Maria said Headley had rented a shop in Tardeo’s AC Market “under his real name”.

Headley, suspected to have links with senior LeT operatives, and terrorists belonging to Al Qaeda and Harkat Ul Jehadi Islami (HuJI), ran the Immigrant Law Centre in AC Market, helping applicants get US visas.

Investigations have found the agency operated between November 2006 and July 2008. Police are also trying to locate the “beneficiaries” of Headley’s visa agency.

Maria said the police have identified the people Headley was in touch with during his stay in Mumbai and that they are being questioned. Little has emerged so far on Tahawwura Hussain Rana, another terror suspect arrested in the US, who had also visited Mumbai. The Pakistan-born Canadian citizen stayed in Mumbai for about 10 days and reportedly left the city five days before the 26/11 attack.