Govt awaiting more info from US on Headley, Rana

Govt awaiting more info from US on Headley, Rana


“We are awaiting reports from the US. We are hoping to hear more from their intelligence agencies,” External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told journalists here.
Krishna’s remarks came after it was revealed that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had not informed their  counterparts in New Delhi about Headley’s visit to India in last March, despite having him under surveillance since at least September 2008.

New Delhi, however, continued to harp on its excellent counter-terrorism cooperation with Washington and declined to officially confirm or deny reports about Headley being an US agent who turned rogue and switched loyalties to jihadis.
“Investigations into the case are on and it is not appropriate for me to make any comment. I will not make any comment whether he (Headley) was or was not a double agent,” Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao told a news conference. She said India hoped to get access to Headley and Rana and information elicited from them during interrogation.

Headley, a US citizen, was arrested by the FBI from Chicago on October 3 last for his links with the Lashkar-e-Toiba and for plotting an attack in the office of the Danish newspaper “Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten”, which had carried blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Mohammed. This was followed up with the arrest of Headley’s accomplice Rana, a Canadian- Pakistani, from the same city a fortnight later. Both are suspected to be linked with LeT and were charged with conspiring to bomb public places in India and aiding and abetting the murder of US citizens.
Investigations by the FBI also revealed that Headley was involved in the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai that was carried out by 10 LeT terrorists who sailed into the city from Karachi.

Rao said Indian and US agencies were in constant touch with each other. “We are getting very good co-operation from the US,” she said.
The foreign secretary also said she had asked for a “factual report” from the Indian Consulate General in Chicago in the wake of the reports that documents related with the visas issued to Headley and Rana had gone missing. Both Headley and Rana had been issued multi-entry visas, allegedly in violation of rules and without taking the consent of the Ministry of Home in New Delhi, which is mandatory in case of people with origins in Pakistan.

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