Quick Read: 8 Things David Headley Told Us Today

The Pakistani terrorist reeled off the things he did in the runup to the 26/11 Mumbai attacks: recced the Taj, filmed BARC, bought wrist bands at Siddivinayak temple

Published: 12th February 2016 01:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th February 2016 11:25 PM   |  A+A-


A TV journalist reports from outside the sessions court in Mumbai where David Headley's testimony is being recorded for the last three days. I AFP

The revelations from Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley are coming thick and fast, and it’s a task to keep up with the man. Here’s a quick rundown of what he was up to in the runup to the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. In his own words.

BAL THACKEREY pti.jpg1. Sucked up to a Shiv Sena member

"I met one Rajaram Rege inside Shiv Sena Bhawan in Dadar during 2006-2007. I attempted to develop closer relations with him. I was interested in accessing that building. I thought LeT would be interested in either attacking Shiv Sena Bhawan or assassinating its head (Bal Thackeray)."


2. Met up with Mahesh Bhatt’s son

I joined the Moksh gym in south Mumbai in 2006-2007 and developed relations with Vilas Warke, who was in-charge of the gym. I met Rahul Bhatt through Vilas at a body building competition. Rahul's father (Mahesh Bhatt) is in the movie business."

BARC1.jpg3. Videographed BARC HQ at Trombay

"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. I handed over the video to Sajid Mir and Major Iqbal.

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4. Surveyed Chabad House

"I don't know who was staying there. Sajid Mir and Pasha asked me to survey this place and said it was an international location as it had Jewish and Israeli people.

5. Bought wrist bands at Siddivinayak temple

"I purchased the red and yellow wrist bands.... I forget the name of it. I thought that the ten youths (the 26/11 gunmen) could wear it as a cover so that people would think they were Indians.

"Nobody asked me to do so. I saw a man selling it outside the temple, so the thought occurred to me. After I returned to Pakistan, I gave those wrist bands to Sajid Mir and explained to him that practising Hindus in India wear this and hence, it would be a good idea if the ten gentlemen  also wear it as it would look like they are Hindus."

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6. Bought five books at Taj Hotel

"During the same visit I also visited the Nalanda Book Shop inside Taj Hotel where I purchased five books. One of the books was 'Indian Army Vision 2020'. I was interested to know the progress of the Indian Army in the future.

"The other books were pictorial and beautiful, hence I purchased them. There is nothing sinister about those books. The first book was sinister."

7. Selected the landing site for 26/11 attackers

“I finalised Badhwar Park in Cuffe Parade as a landing site for the ten attackers, as the area is covered with shanties and hutments from the main road. It would give a tactical advantage to the attackers.

"In May 2008, I visited US. I could not meet Tahawwur Rana (Headley's business partner), but I spoke with him on the phone. I said that I had gone to India and selected the landing site.

“But Zaki-ur-Rehman wanted to finalise the Gateway of India as the landing site as it was very close to the Taj hotel.

"I, however, said it was not a good idea as the attackers would be required to go to Gateway of India by crossing a naval installation and they could be detected. Zaki Sahab and others agreed to my suggestion.

"When Zaki Sahab saw the targets I had selected, he said this was very important and has to be done properly. Zaki Sahab said surveillance for the attacks should be done properly. He said this would give a chance to take revenge for all the bomb blasts India had done in the past in Pakistan. Zaki Sahab wished me good luck."

'I tested one of the phones. Sajid Mir asked me to go to Wagah border if the signal was working in the phone. I did so and informed Sajid Mir that the signals were working.'

8. After 26/11 terror attack, told to do more recces

"Al-Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri asked me to recce National Defence College in Delhi as it was a primary target for Al-Qaeda.

"I discouraged them (LeT) about the naval air station in Mumbai and Siddhivinayak temple as targets as then all the ten attackers would have had to concentrate on one target only.

"We got to know from the Indian media that one of the ten terrorists, Ajmal Kasab, was captured after the attack. Sajid Mir and everybody in LeT were saddened by this."


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