26/11 case: David Headley also recced Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai

Feb 09, 2016, 10:01 IST | Sailee Dhayalkar

On day two of his deposition in connection with the 26/11 attacks, David Headley made more startling revelations, one of them being that he was asked by Sajid Mir (LeT) to specifically conduct surveillance of Dadar’s Siddhivinayak Temple

During the same, Headley revealed carrying out a recce of Taj Hotel and that a plan was devised to attack the hotel during a conference of defence scientists in November 2007, which was later cancelled.

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David Headley
David Headley. Pic/ PTI

He also admitted that he met Hazif Saeed and as well as Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. Headley further told court that his wife Faiza had in January 2008 complained to US Embassy in Islamabad that he was involved in terrorist activities.

Headley also revealed that Major Iqbal, in one of the meetings, thought that he will be useful to them in securing military intelligence to recruit military officers to spy on the military in India and the movement of troops.

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Headley also told court that Saeed was indeed the spiritual head of LeT and that Lakhvi was its operational commander. Headley also identified the photo of Lakhvi, when the same was shown to him.

When Headley was asked which year Lashkar had decided to attack Mumbai, he revealed, “In 2007, during a meet, which took place in Muzaffarabad." Headley prior to this had visited Mumbai and had shot general videos of the city.

He added that LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen are all allies of United Jihad Council working in PoK.

Headley told the court that he was specifically asked to video shoot and take pictures of Siddhivinayak temple. He confimed that ISI and LET co-ordinated the attack but denied getting paid them. The matter has been adjourned till Wednesday.

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