This refers to the report that the National Investigating Agency has raided several places in Mumbai in a bid to unravel the suspected links of David Headley, a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen who is in FBI custody, with the 26/11 terror attacks (Nov. 16).
It was encouraging to read the Union Home Secretary’s statement that no one has been given a clean chit. It is hoped that the NIA will soon make some headway in the case. The nation must stand united at this critical juncture.
India has consistently maintained that the Lashkar-e-Taiba planned the 26/11 attacks and that there were no internal links to the plot. It now appears there were. Thanks to the FBI’s tenacity, it transpires that the main conspirators were based not only in Pakistan but also in the U.S. The latter made several trips to India to tie up the loose ends of the meticulously planned attack.
Our intelligence agencies should unearth the hidden strands of the conspiracy that dealt a serious blow to India’s prestige and security.
The police should probe the links of Headley and his alleged accomplice Tahawwur Rana, a Canadian of Pakistani origin, with all those they were in touch with and those who possibly colluded with them.
Karavadi Raghava Rao,
The government should flash the pictures of Headley and Rana and request all those who came into contact with them to provide information. Given that Headley visited India nine times between 2006 and 2009, he must have surely met several people. Of course, the government could have pre-empted all this had it kept a close watch on Headley. The frequency of his visits should have created suspicion.