Bal Thackeray ’sitting duck’, Headley had said after recce


PTI

Write Comment     |     E-Mail To a Friend     |     Facebook     |     Twitter     |     Print


MUMBAI: Mumbai terror attack conspirator David Headley, who had surveyed most of the 26/11 targets, had also conducted a recce of Bal Thackeray’s heavily-guarded residence ’Matoshree’ in suburban Bandra in 2008, and found that Shiv Sena chief was a "sitting duck".
 
In his soon-to-be-released book, ’Headley and I’, about filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s son Rahul’s unusual friendship with Headley during the latter’s stay in Mumbai, author-journalist Hussain Zaidi has revealed how the LeT operative scanned Thackeray’s residence with the help of Shiv Sena activist Vilas, a gym instructor.


Pakistani-American Headley frequently visited a gym in south Mumbai where Rahul Bhatt and Vilas worked out, and befriended them.
 
Headley, according to Zaidi, found loopholes in the late Sena chief’s security at Matoshree.
 
The book — to be released within a week, Zaidi told PTI — also reproduces Headley’s statements recorded by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Chicago.
 
According to Zaidi, the book tells how Headley once even visited Matoshree and photographed it for 15 minutes, posing as ’a fan’.
 
Post-Matoshree visit, Headley told Rahul that Thackeray was "a sitting duck".
 
"A small bunch of desperadoes can break that security cover and reach Thackeray. I have no idea why the police are so proud of the protection he has been given," Headley is quoted as having said.
 
During reconnaissance of several targets in the metropolis, the Pakistan-origin US national, who had learnt to play golf in Lahore, made a visit to Willingdon Club here too, and termed a possible strike on the posh club as "icing on the cake".

Write your Comments on this Article
Your Name
Native Place / Place of Residence
Your E-mail
Your Comment   You have characters left.
Security Validation
Enter the characters in the image above
    
Disclaimer: Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. Kemmannu.com will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.
Please note that under 66A of the IT Act, sending offensive or menacing messages through electronic communication service and sending false messages to cheat, mislead or deceive people or to cause annoyance to them is punishable. It is obligatory on kemmannu.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request. Hence, sending offensive comments using kemmannu.com will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will Kemmannu.com be held responsible.
Similarly, Kemmannu.com reserves the right to edit / block / delete the messages without notice any content received from readers.




Watch Full Video:Inauguration Udupi of Diocese
View More

Sad Demise: Benno Ignetius Rodrigues, Kallianpur.Sad Demise: Benno Ignetius Rodrigues, Kallianpur.
Autobiography of Richard Carvalho, Barkur/Mumbai.Autobiography of Richard Carvalho, Barkur/Mumbai.
Unbelievable Stunts on Beach by local boys| Freestyle Jumps | India | Udupi | KemmannuUnbelievable Stunts on Beach by local boys| Freestyle Jumps | India | Udupi | Kemmannu
The Tablet - International Catholic WeeklyThe Tablet - International Catholic Weekly
GSB delicacies at Hotte Thumba Fish Court UdupiGSB delicacies at Hotte Thumba Fish Court Udupi
Rozaricho Gaanch September Issue 2020Rozaricho Gaanch September Issue 2020
Contact on Going Residential ProjectAl Nayaab Residency, UdupiContact on Going Residential ProjectAl Nayaab Residency, Udupi
Computerised Clinical Laboratory, Kemmannu.Computerised Clinical Laboratory, Kemmannu.
Milarchi Lara - Bulletin Issue July 2020.Milarchi Lara - Bulletin Issue July 2020.
Choice Furniture vast household showroom opens at Santhekatte, KallianpurChoice Furniture vast household showroom opens at Santhekatte, Kallianpur
Focus Studio, Near Hotel Kidiyoor, UdupiFocus Studio, Near Hotel Kidiyoor, Udupi
Canara Beach Restaurant, Hoode/Bengre, Udupi.Canara Beach Restaurant, Hoode/Bengre, Udupi.
Delite Catering, SanthekatteDelite Catering, Santhekatte
St. Alphonsa of India