26/11 Terror Attack Case: Mumbai Crime Branch Files Chargesheet Against Tahawwur Rana

Published: September 26,2023 04:01 PM

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In the 405-page chargesheet, Rana is accused of supporting the 26/11 attacks' mastermind David Coleman Headley

September 26, 2023: Mumbai Police's crime branch has filed the fourth supplementary chargesheet against the Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case on Monday. Rana is accused of being an operative of ISI and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

In the 405 page chargesheet, Rana is accused of supporting the 26/11 attacks' mastermind David Coleman Headley, who conducted the recce of the Mumbai attacks. According to some sources, Rana had stayed in a hotel in Mumbai for 10 days (from November 11 to November 21, 2008) before the terrorist attack. The crime branch has submitted a copy of Rana's passport in the charge sheet which Rana had submitted while staying in the hotel.

The 26/11 Mumbai attacks were a series of terrorist attacks that took place in November 2008. Ten terrorists infiltrated into Mumbai from Pakistan using the sea route and carried out the attacks in different places such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Palace & Tower, the Leopold Cafe, the Cama Hospital, the Nariman House, the Metro Cinema and in a lane behind the Times of India building and St. Xavier's College.

The attacks began on Wednesday 26 November and lasted until Saturday 29 November 2008.  A total of 175 people died, including nine of the attackers and six Americans and more than 300 injured in the attacks.

Rana is currently lodged in US jail in the case of the murder of a journalist. Earlier Ujjwal Nikam, the special public prosecutor of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case, had said, “It would all depend now on the US administration as to when Tahawwur Rana is to be sent back to India for trial.”

Rana was arrested in the US on an extradition request by India for his major role in the Mumbai terror attacks. Indian authorities allege that Rana conspired with his childhood friend David Coleman Headley to assist the Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba in orchestrating the terror attacks. David Headley had pleaded guilty and testified against Rana.