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Headley may be missing clue to 26/11 puzzle

By Vicky Nanjappa
November 13, 2009 18:44 IST
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As investigators continue to dig into American terror suspect David Headley's antecedents, more interesting details on him are emerging.

One of the facts that emerged from Headley's interrogation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation is that the American national stayed at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, which came under attack on November 26 last year.

Investigations showed that during his first visit to Mumbai in the year 2007, he stayed at the Taj Mahal hotel for nearly 10 days. As per investigations, Headley checked into room number 1809 in the Taj Mahal hotel and stayed there between April 20 and 30 2007.

The IB says that this information is being verified and would prove crucial to the 26/11 probe. He is accused of having guided the Mumbai attackers. He could have drawn out a detailed blue print of the hotel during his stay over there and then guided the attackers who went about their job easily.

Another interesting detail that has cropped up during Headley's interrogation is that he shared direct links with the Pakistan Army through his accomplice Tahawwur Hussain Rana, whose two brothers are Brigadiers.

Sources in both the IB and investigating agencies told say they managed to track down Headley's Pakistan army link through the transcripts of his email. Headley interacted with his bosses in Pakistan through the ID

Investigating agencies say Headley used another email ID to interact with Rana. In his reply, Rana told Headley to get in touch with two of his brothers, identified as Brigadier Mohawat Rana and Sibte Hassan Rana Monie from Rawalpindi.

Following this interaction, Headley changes his email id to

This ID was first used in the month of March 2009. Created on a Chicago IP address, these mails were first accessed by Headley while he was in the United Arab Emirates. From UAE, he informed Rana about the creation of this ID and directed him to get in touch with the Lashkar-e-Tayiba bosses.

Headley also used the same mail ID to interact with the Pakistani agencies, including the Lashkar. In the emails, he gave in-depth details about his plans for India. He also updated them with details regarding the reccee conducted in India and also about how he planned on going about his work.

He also kept in touch chat and long distance calling cards.

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Vicky Nanjappa in Bengaluru