Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Coleman Headley said on Wednesday Mumbra resident Ishrat Jahan was a suicide bomber of the Pakistani terror outfit, potentially igniting a fresh row around the controversial 2004 encounter that killed the 19-year-old woman.
A police encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad killed Ishrat – a college student in western Maharashtra’s Mumbra — and three others with authorities claiming she was on a mission to kill then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.
But alleged inconsistencies in the police version of the events triggered an uproar.
In 2009, Ahmedabad metropolitan magistrate SP Tamang calls the encounter fake. The next year, the Gujarat high court ordered an inquiry into the incident. Subsequent probes by the Central Bureau of Investigation and a special investigation team found no connection between the dead and LeT.
Headley also said one women from LeT named Ishrat Janha was involved.
headley denied involvement of any wemen suicide bomber in LeT ON being asked by public prosecutor Ujwal nikam but he leter named ishrat janha as LeT operative who was involved in an operation about shooting police at some ‘naaka’.
Headley also said Pakistani spy agency Inter Services Intelligence sponsored his India trips to search for potential terror targets, going back on an earlier statement denying any such payments.Deposing in a Mumbai court via video conference from the United States, the 56-year-old said ISI’s major Iqbal gave him $25,000 and his handler Sajid Mir paid him 40,000 Pakistani rupees to conduct reconnaissance of possible targets in India.
Major Iqbal then introduced him to his senior Lt Col Hamza. The American met the army officer for a period of two hours, where Headley was asked to report to Major Iqbal and was assured of financial help.In the second half of 2006, Headley got close to Major Iqbal, who appointed a non-commission officer to train Headley on surveillance and reconnaissance techniques.
In August 2006 when Headley returned to Pakistan, he had two separate meetings with Major Iqbal and Sajid Mir. Major Iqbal went to Headley’s house and paid $25,000 in three bundles. Two bundles had $10,000 and one $5,000.
When Headley met Sajid Mir, Sajid was already aware of the money Major Iqbal had paid him. On his fourth trip to India, Major Iqbal asked him conduct surveillance of Pune, and had given him high-quality Indian counterfeit notes.
on the other hand according to sources, hedley did not exactly told that ishrat was a suicide bomber.