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Was Headley at Pushkar to plan attack on Jews?

Was Headley at Pushkar to plan attack on Jews?

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: December 4, 2009

Intelligence bodies, including a National Investigation Agency (NIA) team, are pursuing specific leads that hint that Pakistan born American David Coeman Headley had done a recce of the Bed-chabad-a prayer hall of the Jews-where hundreds of them gather every evening here for routine prayers. After 26/11, Headley visited Pushkar a couple of times and spent about a month there.

Besides, there are calls and e-mails from Pushkar cyber cafes that the NIA team is following up. Officials on Thursday searched logbooks of almost all the cyber cafes here and questioned a barber Headley had visited.

"So far, we have confirmed inputs that Headley stayed in Pushkar and was monitoring his operations from here,'' said a team member. Headley stayed in Hotel Oasis on March 11 and 12 near Bed-chabad. "The hotel staff has confirmed that he had taken a room facing the road where the Jewish prayer hall is located,'' said an investigator.

"We're going to suggest that the security around the Jewish prayer hall be beefed up. There is a strong possibility that Headley checked out the place to execute a terror attack in the future,'' said an IB official.

Meanwhile, the IB is searching forms submitted by the hotel that day to learn the name and passport Headley used. Every hotel has to fill in a C-form and submit it to local IB. Sleuths hope to find out more details soon.

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