New Delhi: David Coleman Headley, the Pakistan-born American national in custody in the US for allegedly plotting terror attacks, visited India nine times between 2006-2009.
CNN-IBN has learnt this after accessing Headley’s passport, which he acquired in March 2006 after allegedly joining the Lashkar-e-Toiba, the group blamed for the terrorist attacks in Mumbai last year.
The passport shows that Headley visited New Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Agra between 2006-2009–trips investigators suspect were recces for terrorist attack conspiracies.
Headley, while visiting Mumbai in March 2006, listed Hotel Trident as a place of residence. He stayed at guesthouse near the CST Railway Terminus and he booked a room at the Taj Hotel. The Trident, the Taj, and the CST terminus were three main targets of terrorists during the November 2008 attacks.
Headley visited New Delhi in March 2009 and stayed in two hotels in Paharganj, close to the railway station in the national capital’s historic area. Records show he stayed at Anand Hotel and De Holiday International for three days.
IANS reports that information provided by the FBI has revealed that Headley operated a visa agency in Mumbai for almost two years until July 2008 and had travelled to India on business visas nine times between 2006 and 2009.
FBI agents arrested Headley on October 18 from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport as he was preparing to board a flight to Philadelphia, and subsequently arrested Tahawwur Hussain Rana. The two intended to travel to Pakistan, apparently to firm up their latest terror designs.
Headley and Rana, a Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin, are being held on charges of plotting attacks in India at the behest of the LeT.
India’s National Investigation Agency has been charged with probing Headley’s visits to India and is expected to soon file charges against him in a court in New Delh