In the supplementary charge sheet filed against Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana in the Mumbai terror attack case of 26 November 2008, the police have mentioned that he had stayed in a hotel in suburban Powai for two days just before the attack. An officer gave this information. The Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Monday filed a charge sheet of over 400 pages before a special court hearing cases registered under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). This is the fourth charge sheet in this case.
Currently Rana is in custody in America and faces many charges related to the Mumbai attack. He is believed to be linked to Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley, one of the main conspirators of the 26/11 attacks. It has been mentioned in the chargesheet that Tahawwur Hussain Rana had come to India on November 11, 2008 and stayed here till November 21. A senior officer of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch said on Tuesday that he spent two days at the Renaissance Hotel in Powai.
He said, “We have found documentary evidence and some statements against Rana which reveal his role in the conspiracy. “Documentary evidence shows that Rana was actively involved in the conspiracy with Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley, one of the key conspirators of the 26/11 attacks.”
The officer said that he (Rana) had helped Headley in getting an Indian tourist visa on the basis of fake documents. He said that Rana had allegedly helped Lashkar-e-Taiba in carrying out the 26/11 terrorist attack. “The crime branch has received email communications between Headley and Rana,” he said.
He said that in an email, Headley had asked about the email ID of Major Iqbal. He said that Major Iqbal, who worked for Pakistani intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has been named an accused in the 26/11 case. Meanwhile, the hearing regarding taking cognizance of the charge sheet could not be held on Tuesday due to technical difficulties. Now this hearing will be held on Wednesday.
Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told reporters outside the court that he would present a “list of evidence” against Rana before the judge. He said, “He (Rana) was fully involved in the conspiracy of the attacks and his name was first revealed by David Headley.”
Nikam said that Rana was also in touch with Pakistani Army officials. Headley, a Pakistan-born American citizen and Lashkar-e-Taiba affiliate, is serving a 35-year prison sentence in a US prison for his role in the 26/11 terror attacks.
It is noteworthy that on November 26, 2008, 10 terrorists who had come by sea from Pakistan had carried out a series of attacks in Mumbai, in which 166 people were killed. Ajmal Kasab was also included in these 10 terrorists, who was captured alive and then a case was filed against him. The special court had sentenced him to death. He was hanged in Pune’s Yerwada Central Jail in November 2012, two years after his conviction.
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