State police confirm Headley’s visit to Kochi

via www.kaumudi.com published on November 14, 2009

KOCHI: The intelligence wing of the state police have confirmed that the two LeT terrorists, David Headley and Tahawwur Rana stayed at Kochi for two days on November 16 and 17 in 2008.

They stayed at Room No: 611 of the Taj Residency Hotel at Marine Drive here. Though nobody recognized them, they went out of the hotel six times.

The police also doubt whether the person who stayed there in the name of Tahawwur Hussein Rana was actually Headley himself.

Noticeable information is that at the time of their visit to Kochi, the maintenance works of INS Viraat (the flagship of the Indian Navy and one of the two aircraft carriers in the Indian Ocean Region) was on process.

The supposition of intelligence wing is that former head of SIMI, C. A. M. Basheer has arranged for them a safe accommodation. The national investigation agency will arrive here tomorrow to start a probe on this.

Meanwhile, National Investigation Agency has begun gathering information with the assistance of emigration officers about the whole passengers who travelled since 2004 from Nedumbassery Airport. The state police will hand over the reports of those suspicious passengers to the National Investigation Agency. It is believed that Headley arrived here on a fake passport.

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