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ISI eyed BARC staff, thwarted strike on temple: Headley
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 2/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

Mumbai: Exposing plans to subvert the Indian nuclear establishment, Pakistani-American terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley on Friday said that the ISI eyed staff of the sensitive Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai to procure "classified information" from them.

Headley also claimed to have discouraged the terror group, Lashkar-e-Taiba (to which he belongs), and the ISI from striking at the famed Siddhi Vinayak Temple in Dadar and the naval air station in the city.

Continuing his deposition via videoconference before Special TADA Court Judge G.A. Sanap, Headley told special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam that he carried out surveillance and also videographed the BARC headquarters in Mumbai.

"The Inter Services Intelligence wanted to recruit the BARC staffers for future; get classified information from them," Headley, 56, said while speaking for the fifth consecutive day from a US jail where he is undergoing a 35-year sentence.

He had handed over the BARC surveillance videos to his main contact in LeT Sajid Mir and ISI s Major Iqbal and also videographed the famed Siddhi Vinayak Temple in Dadar and the naval air station.

Outside the temple, he bought a bunch of red and yellow-coloured sacred thread and sent them to Sajid Mir so the terrorists could tie them around their wrists and pass off as Hindus and avoid detection. Headley claimed to have discussed the issue with his LeT handlers and ISI, and discouraged them from targeting the temple and naval airforce station as they were very heavily guarded sites.

Earlier, he spoke of his visit to the Nalanda bookshop in Hotel Taj Mahal Palace where he lived and bought some books, including one on the Indian Army. "The other books were mostly pictorial and there was nothing sinister about them," Headley said.

At this, Special Judge Sanap enquired whether there was anything "sinister" (motives) about the army book, Headley replied in the affirmative. To another question by Nikam, Headley said the Nariman House was targeted by LeT as it was an international location where Israelis and Jews were living.


ISI eyed BARC staff, thwarted strike on temple: Headley


भारत डिफेंस कवच की नई हिन्दी पत्रिका ‘डिफेंस मॉनिटर’ का ताजा अंक ऊपर दर्शाया गया है। इसके पहले दस पन्ने आप मुफ्त देख सकते हैं। पूरी पत्रिका पढ़ने के लिए कुछ राशि का भुगतान करना होता है। पुराने अंक आप पूरी तरह फ्री पढ़ सकते हैं। पत्रिका के अंकों पर क्लिक करें और देखें। -संपादक

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