Hated India since 1971. Joined LeT for revenge, says Headley

Hated India since 1971. Joined LeT for revenge, says Headley

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 2016-03-25 11:42 Mumbai: On the third day of his deposition before a Mumbai court, David Headley, who has turned approver in the 26/11 trial, said he hated India ever since Indian planes bombed his school in 1971. Asked about the reasons of his hatred, Headley said, "My school was bombed in 1971 by Indian planes and that time, I developed this feeling." People were killed in the attack, he said, adding it was one of the reasons that why he joined the LeT. Since then [1971], said Headley, he wanted to “cause maximum damage” to India. Headley during the cross-examination also told the court he organised a fundraiser in the US, that on instructions from LeT operator Sajid Mir, and wanted to invite Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray with the assistance of Rajaram Rege. But Headley said he never met Bal Thackeray. Talking about his father, Headley said that he had been the Director General of Pakistani Navy and had objected to Headley's association with LeT. "The former Pakistan Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, visited my house a few weeks after my father’s demise on December 26, 2008," Headley told the court. Headley said that he had never disclosed about any women's cell or about any women suicide bombers at LeT. "I never disclosed the name of Ishrat Jahan because I was never asked any question about it," said Headley. Below are the statements Headley made during the cross-examniation: 1. I told my father about my association with LeT and he objected to it. 2. There was one friend of mine named Saulad Rana in Pakistan, with whom I shared my plans of visiting Mumbai two months prior to 26-11 but I didn't seek his help in the attack. 3. I have never been interrogated or questioned in connection with 9/11 US attacks case. 4. I was arrested in Pakistan once and the case was registered by my ex-wife Faiza. 5. Headley says he had hatred for India since his childhood and had pleaded guilty to that. 6. He says that he had this hatred against India since December 7, 1971 when Indian planes bombed his school and it was damaged and people working there died. 7. Headley says that to avenge that bombing on his school, he joined LeT and this was one of the reasons of him joining the terrorist organisation. 8. Headley admits he was trying to organise a fund raising programme for Shiv Sena in the USA. 9. He, however, admitted that for the fund raising programme he was intending to invite Bala Saheb Thackeray to the US but there was no plan to attack him there. 10. Headley said that he was in touch with Rajaram Rege for that. He never met Bala Saheb or talked to him for inviting him to that programme. 11. Headley says he was willing to invite some other Shiv Sena leader for that programme after being told by Rege that Bala Saheb was old and not well. 12. Headley said that he cannot disclose the location of the jail where he was lodged in and also said that he cannot reveal the facilities he was getting there. 13. The court reprimanded Defence lawyer Wahab Khan for asking questions to witness without knowing the jail manual of the US, questions about his facilities he is getting in US prison like food, AC and conjugal access etc. 14. The court took on record that the 'defence lawyer is crossing his limits in cross examination and trying to direct the court that what the court should do.' 15. Headley also says that it was not true that he is living a luxurious life in the US Prison.