LeT planned attack at Mumbai's Siddhivinayak temple before 26/11: David Headley
One his second day of deposition, David Coleman Headley revealed that Mumbai's famous Siddhivinayak temple was one of the planned targets of LeT.
Mumbai: On the second day of his deposition on Tuesday, Pakistan- born terrorist David Coleman Headley revealed more startling details about 26/11 attacks and his role as he said that before Mumbai 26/11 attacks, Siddhivinayak temple was one of the planned targets of Pakistan's terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Headley, while testifying before a court here for the second day via video-link from the US, said that he was specifically directed by LeT terror group to conduct a reconnaissance of the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai, which invites crowds of thousands of people every day.
Headley, who had visited India seven times to scout for targets, said he had also conducted a recce of the famous Siddhivinayak Temple and Naval air station. "I was also working for ISI and had met many people from the Pakistan Army," he told the Special Judge G A Sanap.
He said his assessment was that ISI and LeT were coordinating with each other. "ISI provided financial, military and moral support to terror outfits Jaish-e-Mohammed, LeT and Hizbul Mujaideen," he said and went on to claim that his opinion was formed on the basis of hearsay.
After carrying out the surveillance of the famous Mumbai temple, he handed over the GPS device back to alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Sajid Mir, revealed Headley during the interrogation.
He also revealed that LeT had planned an attack at a conference of Indian defence scientists at Taj Mahal Hotel a year before the 26/11 strikes and had even prepared its dummy.
But the plan was dropped because of logistical reasons, like difficulty in smuggling in weapons and personal and failure to know the schedule of the meet, he said.