India to gather info about Headley, Rana from US
New Delhi: India will soon send a team to
the United States to gather more information about the
activities of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Headley and his
accomplice Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who are accused of giving
material support to 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, and their
However, the Indian team will not seek access to Headley
The decision has been taken after Union Home Secretary
R K Singh held a meeting with US Deputy Secretary for Homeland
Security Jane Holl Lute here today.
During the Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue, the
American official conveyed to Singh that the US would share
more information about Headley and Rana, their activities in
India during their multiple visits and their statements before
a Chicago court.
India is hopeful that the team will get more information
about the duo's links with Pakistan's government machinery and
militant groups working against India.
The US government has submitted before the Chicago
court, where Rana was tried, that he was running an
immigration consultancy firm and let Headley use his business
as a cover for two terror plots, including the Mumbai one.
The US prosecutors said it has been proved beyond doubt
that Rana was involved in these attacks.
"Rana provided material support to terrorists for
attacks in India. There is no dispute that there was a
conspiracy to bomb and kill in India. It is crystal clear that
Headley along with Sajid Mir and Pasha (or Abdur Rehman Hashim
Syed (a retired major from the Pakistani Army) planned and
executed the Mumbai terror attacks."
Rana knew that Lashkar was a terrorist organisation and
had agreed to provide material support for terror attacks in
India. "The evidence in this case is overwhelming," the US
Attorney had said during the trial of Rana.
The US court, however, acquitted Rana of the charges of
plotting the 2008 Mumbai attacks but held him guilty of
supporting Pakistan-based terror group LeT and planning a
strike in Denmark.