Hoping to make some more headway in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case, India has asked the U.S. to provide statements of 13 people who were interrogated by the American authorities for their links with Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist David Headley and his accomplice Tahawwur Hussain Rana. “These 13 people are potential witnesses in the NIA [National Investigation Agency] case filed against Headley and Rana… their statements can throw more light on the investigations,” government sources said.
However, it is learnt that though the U.S. has not given any commitment on India's demand, it has assured Indian authorities that it would look into their request. These 13 people include Headley's wife Shazia, and friends and close associates of both Headley and Rana. Among them, at least a couple are now based in Canada.
Notably, in December last year, the NIA chargesheeted Headley and Rana for allegedly entering into a criminal conspiracy with the LeT to commit terrorist acts in India.