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Headley gave 26/11 attackers bracelets to disguise as Hindus

In his last surveillance trip to India before 26/11, David C Headley, the Mumbai attacks terror accused, at the instruction of his Pakistani handler Major Iqbal bought 15 red bracelets to be worn by the attackers so that they can disguise as Hindus, according to released unsealed court documents.

world Updated: May 27, 2011 00:58 IST

In his last surveillance trip to India before 26/11, David Coleman Headley, at the instruction of his handler Major Iqbal bought 15 red bracelets to be worn by the attackers so that they can disguise as Hindus, according to released unsealed court documents.

In July 2008, Headley returned to Mumbai for the fifth time to carry out instructions and surveillance activities, during which he conducted surveillance of a number of locations, including the Taj Mahal hotel, Oberoi Hotel, Leopold Cafe, Chabad House, the train station, various potential landing sites.

Headley also visited a Hindu temple, where he purchased approximately 15 red bracelets commonly worn by Hindus, the court documents said.

Once his surveillance was completed, Headley returned to Pakistan and gave Sajid Mir the GPS device to download its contents. Headley and Sajid watched the surveillance videos together and discussed Headley’s recommendations based on his surveillance.

“Headley gave Sajid the approximately 15 red bracelets he had purchased and recommended that the attackers wear the bracelets during the attack in order to disguise themselves. Once the GPS was downloaded, Headley kept possession of it. Headley also met with Major Iqbal, and again debriefed him not only on what he had done, but also his discussions with Lashkar leaders”, said the documents.

Federal prosecutors said that from July to November 2008, Headley met with Lashkar leaders, including Sajid and Abu Qahafa, several times and learnt more details about the attacks.