‘Ishrat wasn’t an LeT fidayeen’
Alappuzha (Kerala), July 7
Lashkar-e-Toiba operative David Headley’s reported claim that Ishrat Jahan, killed in an encounter with police in Gujarat in 2004, was a suicide bomber of the terror outfit has been contested by her father-in-law.
Gopinath Pillai today said that the Pakistani-American’s reported claim made to National Investigative Agency (NIA) personnel about 19-year-old Ishrat during his questioning in the US was an attempt to derail his struggle to bring to light the “whole truth” about the controversial encounter. Headley has confessed to his involvement in the Mumbai terror attack and is presently in custody in Chicago.
“This can only be seen as an attempt to create a smoke-screen when the hearing on the petition filed by me in the Gujarat court seeking justice is slated to begin this month,” Pillai, said. — PTI