Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley told a Mumbai court that he developed hatred against India since his childhood since December 1971 when his school was bombed by Indian fighter planes during India-Pakistan war which saw the creation of Bangladesh and joined Lashkar-e-Taiba to “take revenge” of the bombing of his school.
“Since childhood I have hatred against India and Indians and I wanted to cause maximum loss and damage,” said Headley.
“I have this hatred… towards Indian since December 7, 1971… When Indian planes had bombed my school… The school was destroyed and many people who worked there had died,” Headley claimed on the third day of his ongoing cross-examination before Special Judge G. A. Sanap on Friday.
He was replying to the questions posed by lawyer Abdul Wahab Khan, the defence cousel for Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, one of the key plotters of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
Headley was referring to the bombing of his school during the India-Pakistan war which saw the dismemberment of East Pakistan that became Bangladesh.
The childhood incident when he was barely 10 years old left such an imprint on his tender mind that Headley decided to join the Lashkar-e-Taiba later to avenge the bombing of his school.
He admitted that it was one of the reasons why he joined the LeT years later.
Headley said,” I joined Lashkar-e-Taiba to avenge those bombings on my school. This was one of the reasons why I joined LeT..”
Headley said “It’s not true that I’m living a luxurious life in the US prison”.“I cannot disclose location of my jail where I’m lodged in. I can’t reveal what facilities I’m getting here”.
Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley said before a Mumbai court on Friday he had arranged a fund-raising programme for the Shiv Sena in the US and had disclosed this to Lashkar-e-Taiba.
55-year-old Headley has turned approver in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case and is serving a 35-year prison term in the US
Headley is being cross-examined by Abdul Wahab Khan, the lawyer of Abu Jundal, an alleged key plotter of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, via a video link from the US.