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Updated: November 14, 2009 20:07 IST

Police records statement of Rahul and Headley’s common friend

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A security person walks past the Holiday Hotel in Paharganj, where US based LeT operative David Headley stayed during his New Delhi visit in March 2009. Photo: PTI
PTI A security person walks past the Holiday Hotel in Paharganj, where US based LeT operative David Headley stayed during his New Delhi visit in March 2009. Photo: PTI

As part of efforts to trace the movements of David Headley, who was in Mumbai five days prior to the LeT attacks there on November 26 last year, police has recorded the statement of a common friend of the suspected American terrorist and Rahul, son of film director Mahesh Bhatt.

According to police sources, Rahul came into contact with Headley through one Vilas who also worked at the gym Moksha in Breach Candy area in south Mumbai.

Rahul, whose name was reportedly mentioned in the emails sent to LeT handlers by their operative Headley, used to work as a fitness instructor in the gym.

“It was Vilas who met Headley first and introduced him to Rahul. We have recorded the statement of Vilas,” the sources said, refusing to divulge further details.

Mahesh Bhatt confirmed that Vilas is a mediator through whom Rahul knew Headley but the noted film maker dismissed the possibility of his son’s involvement in any terror activities.

Headley has been arrested by US investigating agency FBI for planning terror attacks in India.

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