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Indian sleuths get access to LeT man Headley: Report

Last Updated: Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 17:06

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: A team of Indian investigators, who are in Chicago, have got permission from the US authorities to grill terror suspect David Coleman Headley, a report said on Thursday.

US citizen Headley, 49, and Pakistani-born Canadian citizen Tahawwur Hussein Rana, 48, were arrested by the FBI for plotting a major terror attack in India at the behest of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). The duo have reportedly revealed that they were planning to attack National Defence College in New Delhi, two leading boarding schools located in prominent hill stations in a north Indian state and a few five star hotels in popular tourist spots.

However, there is still uncertainty whether the FBI has given permission to Indian investigators to interrogate co-conspirator Rana.

As per the latest news report, extradition chances of Headley and Rana to India are grim as the case is in the US court and a number of legal hassles are attached to it.

In the meantime, US media has reported that Headley and Rana have, during interrogation, confessed to receiving training from LeT.

The duo has reportedly revealed that they conspired with LeT commander Ejaaj Kashmiri to hit the facilities as well as employees of a Danish newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2005.

Kashmiri, closely associated with the killers of American journalist Daniel Pearl, lives in the Pak Occupied Kashmir. He currently holds the number two position in the Lashkar-e-Toiba followed by Abu Sayeed.

Kashmiri, who is also known as the next Osama-bin-Laden in LeT circles, is also a known expert in the guerrilla warfare.

Pakistan hid truth?

Pakistani media today said that the Pakistan government had taken into custody the key suspect behind the plot to attack the National Defence College in New Delhi, adding that it led to the exposure of the LeT plan.

The question arises if Pakistan had prior information regarding the Delhi terror attack. If yes, why Islamabad concealed it from New Delhi?

As per a senior journalist from Asia Times, who was interviewed by a private news channel, Islamabad had information regarding the terror plot in advance.

Syed Shahzad said Pak officials had arrested an al Qaeda operative in September in connection with the planned attack.

However, Islamabad does not seem to have communicated this to New Delhi.

First Published: Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 17:06

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