Mumbai terror attacks: `ISI mole in Indian security apparatus helped attackers`

A Pakistani mole in the Indian security agencies code named `Honey Bee` had helped his ISI handlers in identifying the landing site for 26/11 terrorists in Mumbai, claims a book by two British journalists.

PTI| Last Updated: Nov 09, 2013, 09:45 AM IST

New Delhi: A Pakistani mole in the Indian security agencies code named `Honey Bee` had helped his ISI handlers in identifying the landing site for 26/11 terrorists in Mumbai, claims a book by two British journalists.

The information on Badhwar Park, the landing site, was shared by ISI operatives with Pakistani-American Lashkar operative David Headley who had checked it out while conducting recce of the area, it says.

The book `The Siege` by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark claims that when Headley was subjected to undergo a two-year course on surveillance and counter-intelligence by Pakistan`s espionage agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

His handler, Major Iqbal of ISI, gave him what he described as classified Indian files that he said had been obtained from within Indian police and army which revealed their training and limitations.

"The Major boasted that they had a super agent at work in New Delhi who was known as Honey Bee. The Major revealed while he would guide Headley, the Mumbai operation would be run by Lashkar," the book claimed.

According to the book, before leaving Pakistan Headley met up with Major Iqbal who gave him a bundle of counterfeit Indian currency and a suggestion.

"Honey Bee, the ISI double agent, who had provided the classified Indian training manuals had come up with a potential landing area, in Badhwar Park, a fishing colony in South Mumbai, reporting that it was only patchily patrolled and was shielded from the road," the book claimed.