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Headley: No first hand knowledge of Ishrat, NIA falsely recorded statement

Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley on Saturday stated that he did not have actual knowledge of LeT operative Ishrat Jahan, who was killed in an alleged fake encounter.

Headley said, "Yes, I did tell NIA that the female LeT operator who died was Ishrat. I told them there was a women's wing in LeT which was headed by Abu Aiman's mother. The said woman was an Indian national. I have read about Ishrat in newspapers."

In February, Headley had disclosed that Ishrat Jahan, who was killed in a supposed fake encounter in Gujarat, was a Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist.

Headley told a Mumbai court that he had informed the National Investigation Agency(NIA) about Ishrat Jahan. However, defence lawyer in the case later asserted that he did not talk to NIA about Ishrat. He also said that the NIA falsely documented his statements regarding 26/11 architect Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

During his deposition, he talked about a woman killed in a police encounter in India. When he was provided three names, he claimed that the name of the woman was Ishrat Jahan. Ishrat's family, since the encounter happened in 2004, has been saying that it was a mishandled operation by the Gujarat Police.

The 55-year-old LeT operative-turned approver in the case is being cross-questioned by Abdul Wahab Khan, the lawyer of Abu Jundal, an alleged key conspirator of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, through a video-connection from the US.