Onboard Air India One, Dec.8 (ANI): Commenting on the latest investigation report provided by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on US-based terror suspects David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, India has described them as "incriminating evidences" that prove Headley's involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao told the media team accompanying Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on his return from a three-day visit to Moscow that: " Investigations have revealed a lot of incriminating evidence about the involvement of David Headley in planning the 26/11 attacks and leads, possible leads, about possible involvement of persons and conspirators on the Pakistani side."
The FBI team is currently in New Delhi and is said to have shared material it collected with Indian investigators about Headley's involvement in the 26/11 attacks.
Rao said that India is in touch with the United States and is seeking access to the accused for further interrogation.
Briefing reporters onboard the Prime Minister's special aircraft, Rao said: "We would like to have access to the accused for interrogation.
We have been in close touch with the US. This is not just today or yesterday. Our contact with the FBI has been underway for some weeks.
Roa's statement came a day after additional charges against Headley were tabled in federal court in Chicago for planning terrorist attacks against a Danish newspaper and for conducting a massive recce of places targeted during the November 2008, Mumbai terror attacks.
Headley, who was arrested in October, through his lawyers, has authorized the U.S. Justice Department here to disclose that he is cooperating in the investigation of both the Danish and Mumbai terror plots.
Headley, 49, has been charged in a 12-count criminal information with six counts of conspiracy to bomb public places in India, to murder and maim persons in India and Denmark, to provide material support to foreign terrorist plots, and to provide material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba, and six counts of aiding and abetting the murder of U.S. citizens in India.
It may be noted that over 170 people were killed, including six US citizens, in the ghastly terror attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.
Commenting on the charges levelled against the two Pakistani-origin men, David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security said on Monday that the case highlights that terrorism is now a global threat and that there is a need of constant vigil to ward off the challenges.
"This case serves as a reminder that the terrorist threat is global in nature and requires constant vigilance at home and abroad. We continue to share leads developed in this investigation with our foreign and domestic law enforcement partners as we work together on this important matter," added Kris.
According to the latest charges, Headley changed his name from Daood Gilani in February 2006, in Philadelphia, in order to present himself in India as an American who was neither Muslim nor Pakistani.
He later visited Mumbai five times, in September 2006, February and September 2007, and April and July 2008, and each time took pictures and made videos of various targets, including those attacked on 26 November, 2008.
After each trip that Headley took to India between September 2006 and July 2008, he allegedly returned to Pakistan, met with other co-conspirators and provided them with photographs, videos and oral descriptions of various locations.
At various times, Headley allegedly conducted surveillance of other locations in Mumbai and elsewhere in India of strategically important installations, including the National Defence College in New Delhi By Naveen Kapoor (ANI)