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Fresh from #Headley script: I feared I'd be arrested or killed after 26/11

Ashwin Aghor | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:40 IST

David Coleman Headley continues to surprise Indian investigators with his revelations, or so they claim.

On the fifth day of his deposition to a Mumbai court Saturday, the LeT scout had these "revelations" to make.

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More on his 'mission' in India

  • Headley visited Pushkar, Rajasthan, on 11-13 March 2009 and videographed "various places, including the Chabad House". He went to Pune on 16 March 2009 and stayed in Hotel Surya Villa.
  • In Pune, he "visited" vital installations like the army's Southern Command HQ. Major Iqbal wanted him to "recruit personnel at the Southern Command to extract classified information".

On Pakistan's 26/11 investigation

  • Notwithstanding reports to the contrary, the Federal Investigation Agency never arrested Sajid Mir, Major Iqbal or Headley for their role in 26/11.
  • In fact, nobody even made an inquiry about Headley until his arrest in Chicago on 3 October 2009 in an unrelated case.

Shiv Sena 'mole' Rajaram Rege: I met Headley near Shiv Sena Bhavan but refused to take him inside

On his will & Tahawwur Rana

  • When Headley met Tahawwur Rana in Chicago soon after the Mumbai attacks, the latter "congratulated" him "on the success".
  • Fearing "arrest or killing" by either the Indian or the US agencies, Headley had prepared his will before returning to India a few months after 26/11. He emailed the will to Rana on 3 Mach 2009 and made him its executor.
  • "I feared the Indian police would either arrest me or knock me off in an encounter as I was going back to India. As a precautionary measure, I made the will and sent it to Dr Rana. The objective was that he will take care of my belongings and other personal matters in case of any eventuality."

On his handlers in Pakistan

  • Headley exchanged several emails with Sajid Mir through 2008-09. In one email on 8 July 2009, he asked Mir whether the "problems of uncle and his friends" had been solved.
  • "Uncle" was a reference to LeT chief Hafiz Saeed and "friends" to his top lieutenant Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi. And by "problems" he meant Pakistan's investigation into the "26/11 conspiracy".
  • After the attacks, Pakistani agencies had reportedly interrogated some LeT leaders. And Headley "feared" Saeed and Lakhvi would be questioned as well.
  • In his reply on 31 August 2009, Mir said "uncle is doing well and flying high". It meant, Headley said, that "Hafiz Sahab wouldn't be harmed, that nothing will happen to him".
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On his 'mole' in the Shiv Sena

  • Headley communicated with Rajaram Rege, who was allegedly the PRO of Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray, via email from Pakistan and the US.
  • "The entire chain of conversation was sent to Dr Rana so that he could figure out how to use Rege in future," Headley said.
  • Rege denied helping Headley or ever being Thackeray's PRO. "I admit that I met Headley near Shiv Sena Bhavan. But I firmly refused to take him inside the building when he asked me to," Rege said.
  • Headley consulted, via a series of emails and over the phone, with Major Iqbal, Sajid Mir, Abdur Rehman Pasha and Rana about "how to use Rege".
  • Headley had earlier claimed that he "recruited" Rege as part of LeT's mission to assassinate Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray.
First published: 13 February 2016, 7:12 IST
 
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