Did Pakistani-American terror suspect David Headley try to eliminate his woman ‘friend’ - a former woman hotel executive - who could provide vital evidence to investigators?

Piecing together material and circumstantial evidence collected during the probe, security agencies have raised this question after finding that attackers of Lashker-e-Taiba(LeT) had planted an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) below the bakery at Hotel Oberoi . The woman’s family ran the bakery in the luxury hotel.

Official sources said on Wednesday the IED, which was found planted under the bakery, might have been kept there at the instruction of Headley as he possibly wanted no crucial evidence about his presence in Mumbai.

The sources said the woman had told the probe team about the places frequented by Headley and his association with various people including Rahul Bhatt and other socialites who were questioned by the National Investigation Agency(NIA) in detail. The woman’s identity was not revealed.

The mother of the 30-year-old woman sought to downplay her alleged friendship with Headley while the sources said the executive had accompanied him to various dinners and late-night parties.

The statement of the woman had since been recorded by the NIA, which has registered cases against Headley and his Pakistani-Candian accomplice Tahawwur Rana for allegedly conspiring to wage a war against the country and under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

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