26/11, Ishrat, LeT, Sena Bhawan – a Pandora’s Box named Headley
Mumbai : In a recent revelation today, David Headly, who is testifying from remote cell, via video conferencing, spoke about a Shiv Sena alliance and added to his list of disclosures that have been going on since the week began, in the breezy winter month of February, this year. Headley told the court today that he was interested in developing close relations with a Shiv Sena member — as he foresaw and believed that LeT would be interested in future time, to either attack Sena Bhawan or assassinate its head. He went ahead to disclose that it was he himself, who discouraged LeT from selecting Siddhivinayak temple and Naval air station for the strike — since he strategically felt that that it would have resulted in a modus operandi of a nature which would have forced the 10 attackers to become more oriented in this direction and would have compelled them to concentrate on those targets only.
Headley dug deeper into his Pandora’s box and said that that LeT’s Major Iqbal had asked him to recruit some employees of BARC in future who would work for ISI. He claimed that he had visited and videographed BARC in July 2008.
On his earlier revelations and confessions on Ishrat Jahan’s LeT nexus, Home Ministry officials yesterday retorted that Ishrat Jahan — being a terrorist, who was killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2004 in Gujarat — had been vindicated by the statement of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Headley before a Mumbai court. Although Headley’s statements were void of factual evidence as yet, and was based on hearsay, the ministry acknowledged that his statements did not carry much weight, even though he was making the statement under Section 164 CrPC, which was admissible in a court of law.
In his testimony before a Mumbai court on Thursday, Headley reportedly said that Ishrat was actually an LeT operative. Testifying via video-link from the US, Headley said so when probed by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam — on the ‘botched up operation’ mentioned to him (Headley) by Lakhvi.
The Pandora’s box called Headley is open and ticking…..with more disclosure on its way.