Headley’s 26/11 tell-all continues for the 4th day

RSTV Bureau
File photo of David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani -American LeT terrorist. A Mumbai court directed that Headley must be produced in the 26/11 terror attack case on December 10 by video-conference while allowing a plea by Mumbai police to make him an accused. PTI Photo

File photo of David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani -American LeT terrorist. A Mumbai court directed that Headley must be produced in the 26/11 terror attack case on December 10 by video-conference while allowing a plea by Mumbai police to make him an accused. PTI Photo

LeT (Lashkar-e-Toiba) terrorist David Coleman Headley deposed for the fourth day before a Mumbai court in connection with the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Headley made more stunning revelations where he claimed that after 26/11 terror attack, Al-Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri asked him to go to India again to carry out more attacks in places like the National Defence College in Delhi.

“I was asked to recce National Defence College in Delhi,” Headley told the court.

In his tell-all, Headley also revealed that LeT was initially interested in targeting the Mumbai airport, the Naval air station and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). He went on to say that he had taken a video of BARC and the terror outfit asked him to recruit someone from there who could spy for Pakistani intelligence agency — ISI.

“I also visited and videographed BARC. Major Iqbal told me that in some future date I should recruit some employee of BARC who would give us classified information and would be ready to work for the ISI,” Headley said, adding that he had handed over the video to Sajid Mir and Major Iqbal of LeT.

However, Headley further explained that,”Major Iqbal (of ISI) expressed disapproval of certain areas I had recced as targets. I felt that Major Iqbal was unhappy because Mumbai airport was not selected and included as one of the targets for the 26/11 attack.”

He also told the court that he was interested in developing close relations with a Shiv Sena member Rajaram Rege as he wanted access to  Sena Bhawan. He said that he thought that LeT would be interested in future to either attack Sena Bhawan or assassinate its head.

Headley said he discouraged the LeT about Naval air station and Siddhivinayak temple as targets for the attack.

“I discouraged them (LeT) about Naval air station and Siddhivinayak temple as targets as then all the ten attackers would have had to concentrate on one target only,” he said.

In more disclosures, 55-year-old Headley, who recently turned approver in the 26/11 case, said that after he had recced Mumbai, he had several meetings in Pakistan with LeT leader Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Sajid Mir, Abu Kahfa and Abdul Rehman Pasha and Major Iqbal.

Headley’s tell-all continued for the fourth day via a video link from an undisclosed location in an American prison where he is serving a 35-year jail term for the Mumbai attacks.

The 55-year-old, who recently turned approver in the 26/11 case, also told the court that he had joined ‘Moksh’ gym in south Mumbai in 2006-2007 and there he had developed relations with Vilas Warke, who was in-charge of the gym, and also Rahul Bhatt, who was Vilas’ friend.

“I met Rahul Bhatt through Vilas at a body building competition. Rahul’s father (Mahesh Bhatt) is in the movie business,” Headley revealed.

In the first three days of his testimony, Headley revealed explosive details about LeT and ISI operations and their nexus. On Thursday, Headley said that Mumbra girl Ishrat Jehan who was shot in an alleged fake encounter by Gujarat cops in 2004, was an LeT suicide bomber. Headley also revealed that terror outfits like LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen were given moral, financial and military support by the ISI. He said he was working for the ISI and the LeT and that he knew that ISI official Brigadier Riyaz was the handler of LeT’s top commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi who was the mastermind behind the Mumbai attacks.

(With inputs from PTI)