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Updated: December 7, 2009 21:10 IST

U.S. team briefs Indian sleuths on Headley-Rana role in Mumbai attacks

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In this courtroom sketch Tahawwur Hussain Rana, charged with plotting a terrorist attack on a Danish newspaper, listens as a government attorney (not in picture) argues before federal Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan on December 2, 2009, in Chicago.
AP In this courtroom sketch Tahawwur Hussain Rana, charged with plotting a terrorist attack on a Danish newspaper, listens as a government attorney (not in picture) argues before federal Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan on December 2, 2009, in Chicago.

The team will be travelling to Pakistan to meet the authorities in Islamabad as they are “working with Pakistani officials to follow up on leads regarding Headley’s activities and connections in that country.”

The team, after exchanging the views with their Indian counterparts, will be travelling to Pakistan to meet the authorities in Islamabad. “We are working with Pakistani officials to follow up on leads regarding Headley’s activities and connections in that country,” the spokesperson said.

“We have been consulting closely with Pakistani authorities on this case, following the practices developed in previous high-profile counter terrorism investigations,” the spokesperson said.

According to sources, the FBI gave some information about Headley and also assured Indian probe agencies that they would share more of it as the interrogation of the two progressed in the U.S. as well as in Pakistan.

Indian agencies have sought all details of Headley’s links with filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s son Rahul, gym instructor Vilas Varak, some diplomats and business personalities who were allegedly “misused” by the terror suspect, they said.

Headley and Rana were arrested by FBI in Chicago in October for allegedly plotting terror strikes in Denmark and India. However, Rana’s advocate had denied the allegations made against his client.

NIA has already recorded statements of various people, including Mr. Varak, during which he told the investigators about the activities of Headley.

The U.S. terror suspect had changed his name to Headley from Daood Gilani in 2006 to avoid suspicion. The probe agency wanted to undertake detailed questioning of Headley and Rana and a team from New Delhi had gone to the US earlier this month.

But the Indian probe agencies were denied access to the terror suspects by U.S. authorities because of legal necessities.

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