India is expected to get information about the plans and network of alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana next week when a high-level team from the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) visits New Delhi with “all details” of their probe.
Seeking information: National security adviser M.K. Narayanan. PIB
National security adviser M.K. Narayanan said US President Barack Obama has told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that he was apprised of the case related to Headley and Rana, who were arrested by the FBI on charges of plotting attacks in India at the behest of LeT. Obama told Singh during their meeting on Tuesday that he would be sending a high-level FBI team to India within a week with “all details”, Narayanan told journalists accompanying the Prime Minister on his return home from two-nation tour of the US and Trinidad and Tobago.
The FBI team is expected to give exhaustive details about the plans of Headley and Rana and their network in India. “Let us see what information they share,” Narayanan said.
Indian officials suspect that Headley and Rana could have been involved in the 26/11 attacks but there is no evidence in this regard. Headley, a Pakistani-born American, and Rana, a Canadian of Pakistani-origin, were arrested by the FBI in October on the charges of plotting attacks in India and Denmark.
India and the US are also expected to finalize a crucial agreement on reprocessing under the civil nuclear deal in two weeks, with all but one issue being resolved and negotiations entering the last lap.
“We have arrived into the last stage of negotiations... only one issue remains, that of finalizing the legal text,” Narayanan told journalists.