LeT men used Indo-Pak match as cover for a recce

The handler of American-born LeT terrorist David Headley carried out a reconnaissance here when he came to the Capital in 2005 on the pretext of watching a Indo-Pak cricket match, according to an investigation report.

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2010, 16:06 PM IST

New Delhi: The handler of American-born
Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist David Headley carried out a reconnaissance here when he came to the Capital in 2005 on the pretext of watching a Indo-Pak cricket match, according to an
investigation report.

Headley while giving this information during questioning
by the National Investigation Agency(NIA) reportedly said his
handler Sajid Majid along with another LeT terrorist Abdur
Rehman Hashim alias Pasha had visited India using the one-day
match in 2005 as a cover.

The match, which was played on April 17, 2005, was
historic since the then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf
was among the VVIP spectators along with Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh. India had lost the match by 159 runs.

"Sajid, of course did not reveal anything about this
visit to me. However, Abdur Rehman had given a detailed
narration of this visit to India in April 2005," Headley was
quoted as saying in the 106-page report of the NIA.

This report, which has been prepared after nearly
34-hours of questioning over a period of one week in Chicago,
quoted Headley, the Pakistani-American who carried out
reconnaissance of all the targets of 26/11 Mumbai strikes, as
saying that Sajid and Rehman crossed into India through Wagah
border.

The duo spent some time in Delhi during which they had
carried out a recce of some places including National Defence
College here and had "possibly gone to the Indian Military
Academy in Dehradun," Headley told his interrogators.
"On their way back, Abdur Rehman recollected that Sajid
was extremely nervous at Wagah gate," Headley said while
replying to questions by NIA.

India secured an Interpol Red Corner Notice against both
Sajid and Abdur Rehman recently for their role in the 26/11
Mumbai terror strikes.
The 34-year-old Sajid has been with Lashker-e-Taiba
outfit for nearly 16 years and according to Headley, he stays
near the airport in Lahore, the Lashker terrorist said, adding
that Sajid was arrested in Dubai once and could get out using
his "lashker connections."

The handler of Headley had undergone plastic surgery and
had a good understanding of computers, it was stated.

Bureau Report