New Delhi: American-born terrorist David Headley's return after the Mumbai terror strikes of 2008 was to give final touches to synchronised terror strikes on Jewish houses located in five cities, including the national capital on instructions of al-Qaeda operative Illyas Kashmiri.
Piecing together the 293-day trail of Headley, the NIA, which submitted its 60-page charge sheet before a special court on Saturday, said that during his visit to India in March 2009, he was scouting only the Jewish targets, including the El Al airlines office in Mumbai on instructions from Kashmiri, who merged his 313 Brigade of Harkat-ul-Jehad Islamia with al-Qaeda.
Ahead of his arrival in India in March 2009, Headley had met Illyas Kashmiri in Miransa area in North Waziristan in February where he was instructed to conduct final recce of Chabad houses for an attack, the charge sheet said.
The NIA charge sheet which is supported by voluminous documents also talks about the fears of Headley to return to India after the 26/11 attacks and said that the American terrorist had met his accomplice Tahawwur Rana and talked about his fear of being apprehended.
The two opened an email account "firstname.lastname@example.org" and in which Headley exchanged his property details and debts.
Headley, born to a Pakistani father and whose earlier name was Daood Gilani, has been charged by the NIA with conspiring to wage war against India along with eight others which include two serving Pakistani Army personnel, founder of Lashker Hafiz Saeed, mastermind of 26/11 attack Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana.