Wednesday, November 11, 2009

US terrorist visited India many times: Chidambaram

New Delhi: The US national arrested in Chicago last month on charges of plotting terror strikes visited India several times before the Nov 26 attacks in Mumbai last year, Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Tuesday.

The Home Minister said the Government would look into the possible connection between David Coleman Headley and the terror attacks in Mumbai that claimed about 170 lives.

Chidambaram, however, could not say if there was any link between Headley and the 26/11 attacks.

'I can't say,' Chidambaram told reporters on the margins of India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum when asked if Headley was also involved in the Mumbai terror attacks that claimed 170 lives.

'Headley visited India several times before 26/11 and, therefore, there's something we have to necessarily look into,' said the home minister.

'But as of now, I can't say if there was a link or not.'

Headley was arrested at Chicago airport on charges of plotting a major terror attack in India at the behest of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Information provided earlier by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the US had revealed that Headley operated a visa agency in Mumbai for almost two years until July 2008 and had travelled to India on business visas nine times between 2006 and 2009.

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