London: Rahul Bhatt, son of prominent film
director Mahesh Bhatt, is "convinced" that Pakistani-American
LeT operative, David Headley was working for the FBI when he
was in Mumbai before the 26/11 terror attacks.
"I`m convinced Headley was working for the Americans, for
the FBI. I`d nicknamed him agent Headley," Rahul said in an
interview to UK`s Channel 4.
"It was the Americans` deepest wish to infiltrate
al-Qaeda. And David did exactly that for them. I had a hunch
then and I have a hunch now that he was an American agent of
some sort," Rahul said.
"You know, he even begged me to stop calling him `Agent
Headley` in public. It really pissed him off. Now I know why,"
Rahul was quoted as saying by Channel 4 News.
"He was a great guy. He was charming, had a great sense
of humour and was caring, sensitive and very well-informed.
I feel hurt. I liked hanging out with him because he
could teach me things about my areas of interest, be it guns,
intelligence, spy-craft," said Rahul.
"I feel hurt, because its a sort of rape when you have a
close friend who ... (does not finish sentence). I have
stopped trusting people," he said.
Rahul became friendly with Headley during his stay in
India as a surveillance scout for the Lashkar-e-Taiba, prior
to the 26/11 attack in Mumbai.
Rahul and his associate Vilas Varak were trainers at the
gym Moksh in Mumbai and met Headley during his visits there.
"Hey guys, so sorry to see what has happened in Mumbai.
We should go over there and kick their ass." the email sent to
Rahul by Headley on December 11, 2008, two weeks after the
terror attack in Mumbai, read.
Asked if he would go and see Headley in jail, Bhatt
replied: "Oh, definitely".
49-year-old Headley changed his name from Daood Geelani
to David Coleman Headley in 2008. He is one of the prime
accused of conspiring the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and is
charged in a Chicago court along with Canadian Tahawwur
Headley was arrested in the US in October 2009 by the
FBI`s Joint Terrorism Task Force at O`Hare International
Airport before boarding a flight to Philadelphia, intending to
travel on to Pakistan.
Headley was held for plotting terror attacks on behalf of
LeT against India and on charges of plotting a terror attack
against the facilities and employees of the Danish newspaper
which had published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in 2005.