MUMBAI: A charge sheet has been filed in a special court against Pakistani-born Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, who is one of the masterminds behind the Mumbai terror attack. Tahawwur Rana orchestrated the Mumbai terror attack on behalf of terrorist organizations Lashkar-e-Taiba and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, in collaboration with Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley. Rana is currently in custody in the United States.
A 400-page charge sheet was presented to the court by the Crime Branch of the Mumbai police. The investigating officer stated that this is the fourth charge sheet prepared against Rana, based on crucial statements and evidence gathered. The charge sheet has been filed under various sections of the UAPA Act. In May, a U.S. court approved the extradition of 62-year-old Rana to India, but it was subsequently put on hold.
Tahawwur Rana, the principal accomplice in the terror attack that shook the nation, initially served as a doctor in the Pakistan Army before relocating to Canada and obtaining Canadian citizenship. Later, he established a consultancy firm named World Immigration Services in Chicago, USA. The investigative team discovered that the Mumbai branch of Rana’s organization assisted Headley in identifying targets and monitoring the activities of the Pakistani terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba.
The Mumbai terror attack on November 26, 2008, claimed the lives of 166 people, including six U.S. citizens. It was revealed that the Pakistani terrorists responsible for the attack had infiltrated India by sea. Security forces neutralized nine terrorists, while Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor among the attackers, was executed on November 21, 2012.