FBI coming to India to probe Headley’s India links

FBI sleuths are coming to India to probe the link between David Headley and the LeT.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The chief of the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Robert Mueller - along with his team of investigators - is due to arrive here on Wednesday to probe the link between arrested Pak-born US national David Coleman Headley and the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terror outfit, and its implications for India.

Headley is in the custody of the FBI and was arrested along with his associate Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin, last month for plotting terror attacks in India and Denmark.

Incidentally, Mueller’s two-day visit comes just days before the first anniversary of last year’s deadly Mumbai terror attacks.

During their visit, the FBI sleuths, apart from establishing links between Headley and LeT, would also probe his network in India.

According to the FBI, Headley operated a visa agency in Mumbai for almost two years until July 2008 and had travelled to India on business visas nine times between 2006 and 2009.

"They (the FBI team) might be travelling to some of the cities which Headley visited while he was here," said an intelligence official.

They are supposed to have conducted recce in New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Pune and Kochi.

Intelligence shared by the FBI following the interrogation of Headley revealed that two of India`s most prestigious boarding schools - Doon in Dehradun and Woodstock in Mussoorie - and the National Defence College in New Delhi were supposed targets of the LeT.

A team of intelligence officials from the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) and the Intelligence Bureau had flown into Washington on November 1 to question Headley.

The team was keen to find out if Headley was in touch with the masterminds of the LeT and if he attended any of the training camps the 10 Pakistan-based terrorists went through for the 26/11 attack.

But apparently objections from the accused`s lawyer questioning a foreign agency`s involvement in the interrogation came in the way.

A Chicago court has given 60 days’ time to the FBI until January 1, 2010 to complete its investigation and file an indictment against Headley.

On Tuesday, the court gave the FBI an additional 58 days’ time to file case indictment against Rana. With this, the FBI has now got time till January 14 to file indictment against Rana.