It's not the Rahul you think it is: Chidambaram

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New Delhi, Oct.30 (ANI): Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday dismissed the view that the mysterious 'Rahul' figuring as a target of David Headley arrested by the FBI in the U.S for allegedly plotting terror-attacks overseas, including India, being Congress Party's General Secretary Rahul Gandhi.

"It could be a pseudo name, it could be a code name but please be assured that it is not the Rahul you think it is," said P. Chidambaram during a media interaction in the national capital.

On the issue of arrest of David Headley by the FBI in the U.S., Chidambaram said: "We know that David Headley visited Pakistan several occasions. Most of the time he seems to have travelled in his own name and under regular passport bearing his own name, now who his friends were, who he is acquainted with, these are matters that have to be investigated. Our investigators are joining the investigation in United States; our investigators will reach US by Sunday. They will join the investigation on Monday."

The FBI arrested David Coleman Headley, a Chicago resident earlier this month for plotting terror-attacks overseas, including India. He was arrested along with a Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin by the FBI's joint terrorism task force.

It is reported that Headley came in close contact with several unidentified leaders of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) a Pakistani-based terrorist organisation with links to Al Qaeda.

Headley, a U.S. citizen who changed his name from Dawood Gilani in 2006 and resides primarily in Chicago, was arrested on Oct. 3, 2009, by the Chicago FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) at O'Hare International Airport before boarding a flight to Philadelphia, intending to travel on to Pakistan.

He was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts involving murder and maiming outside the United States and ne count of conspiracy to provide material support to that overseas terrorism conspiracy. (ANI)

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