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The Chicago Trial
Headley in plot to kill Thackeray
Talks about hatred against Shiv Sena among his Pakistani handlers

Chicago, May 24
Mumbai attacks co-accused David Headley, who scouted Shiv Sena headquarters, today testified there was a plot involving his handlers in Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI and terror outfit LeT to assassinate Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.

Giving his testimony on the second day of the trial of 26/11 co-accused Tawahhur Rana, a Canadian of Pakistani origin, Headley, a Pakistani-American, talked about the hatred against Shiv Sena among his Pakistani handlers. As many as 166 persons were killed in the November 2008 attack in Mumbai. Headley, who has pleaded guilty, also told the jury how he gave details about the potential landing sites in Mumbai to his Pakistani handlers.

According to Headley, his Pakistani handlers Maj Iqbal of ISI, Sajid Mir of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Pasha, Rana and himself shared their hatred towards Shiv Sena and they thought it is a terrorist outfit.

During the first hour of the testimony on the second day, federal prosecutors are trying to prove that Headley had direct communication with Rana and his handlers in Pakistan Major Iqbal, Sajid and Pasha.

Questioning his links with the Sena, the prosecutors are bringing in communication between Headley and Reggie (the PRO of Uddhav Thackeray, son of Bal Thackeray), which Headley describes as an effort to penetrate into Shiv Sena. Rajaram Rege is Shiv Sena's Public Relations Officer.

Headley testified he shared his communication with Reggie with Rana, Major Iqbal, Sajid and Pasha.

Headley was asked about several e-mails he sent to Rana, Major Iqbal and Sajid - all basically to confirm that Rana and he were in direct communication with all of them.

The e-mail sent to Sajid indicated that Bala (Bal Thackeray) would be travelling with Reggie’s boss (Uddhav) to the US and that he could be assassinated "over here" (in US).

Headley said he and Sajid discussed that they wanted to kill Shiv Sena people. "We have discussed. This man (Reggie) was very important and would have given us access to this organisation (Shiv Sena)," he said. — PTI

Clinching evidence in diary

Chicago: Clinching evidence of David Headley’s links with the ISI and the Jamaat-ud Dawa is provided by his diary, which contains phone numbers of two Major-rank officers of the Pakistani Army, besides some others who handled the 26/11 attackers. The hand-written diary, whose two pages were produced as evidence in a court here, mentions the names and Pakistani phone numbers of Major Iqbal and one Major ‘SM’ (apparently a code name for Sajid Mir). The diary also has the names of key JuD operatives like Abdur Rahman Makki, who is the deputy of the outfit's chief Hafiz Saeed. 

Headley a liar: Rana’s wife

Chicago: The wife of Tahawwur Hussain, who is accused of supporting Headley in the Mumbai attack planning, has accused the latter of being a liar. “As a friend of my husband I knew him. But this is very shocking this is not the person I know. He was different. I don’t know he has like so many faces. Now we know what he has done,” said Samraz Rana, in an interview to a TV channel. She said her husband was innocent. “When we heard about the 26/11 attack, we were shocked. We wept. We have our families in India,” she said. 





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