Headley, Rana in Pak at the time of Mumbai attack: Probe
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 00:44
New Delhi/Mumbai: The probe against American terror suspects David Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana has found the duo were in Pakistan when Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists had attacked Mumbai on November 26 last year killing more than 180 people.

Investigators, probing the terror links on Headley and Rana have found that both the suspects were moving freely in Pakistan, from where the Mumbai attackers had come and unleashed bloodbath in the metropolis for four days, senior Home Ministry official said here.

He said India has approached Canada to get more information abour Rana, a Candaian citizen of Pakistani origin. "We are liasoning with Canada government," he said adding Rana was the "money bag" of the two.

More than 20 teams of sleuths of National Investigation Agency, a prosecuting agency established in the aftermath of 26/11, have been entrusted to probe Headley-Rana trail and central security agencies have been formed for gathering information about the places the duo had visited between 2006 and 2009.

Apart from staying in five star hotels in places like Mumbai, Kochi, Ahmedabad and Mumbai, Headley and Rana had also stayed with some "private parties" who were being questioned by security agencies.

In a related development, NIA, which has booked Headley and Rana under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for conspiring to wage a war against country, has asked filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt's son Rahul, who became an acquaintance of Headley during his stay in Mumbai, not to leave the city.

The Home Ministry official said the probe team will again question Rahul as it was quite natural for anyone not being able to tell everything of meetings with Headley in one or two questioning sessions.

"It is a long and detailed probe covering all aspects of Headley who had visited India nine times in three years, and Rana, who had travelled across India extensively," the official said.

NIA officials in Kochi

National Investigation Agency officials have arrived in Kochi to probe the activities of Tahawwur Hassan Rana, arrested by FBI along with US national of Pakistan origin David Headley, for suspected links with LeT.

The officials visited the five-star hotel, where Rana, along with a woman accomplice had stayed on November 16 and 17 last year posing as immigration consultant and collected copies of passports and information about his other activities during his stay in Kochi, official sources said.

Kerala Police had said yesterday that Rana had visited Kochi before the Mumbai terror strikes. "A man named Tahawwur Hussain Rana had stayed in a hotel in Kochi on November 16. We are checking the details," DGP Jacob Punnoose said on Sunday.

Rana, who arrived in Kochi on November 16, 2008, along with a woman called Samraz Akthar, had checked into a five- star hotel here and left for Mumbai the next afternoon, police sources said.

Headley and Rana were arrested by FBI for their links with LeT which was behind the Mumbai attacks in which 183 people were killed.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 00:44

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