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Rana would not plan attack on India — my second home,says wife

Samraz,the wife of Mumbai attacks co-accused Tahawwur Rana,said India was her second home and there was no reason her husband would have planned to attack that country.

Samraz,the wife of Mumbai attacks co-accused Tahawwur Rana,said today India was her second home and there was no reason her husband would have planned to attack that country.

Refuting LeT operative David Headley’s claims that Rana was very close to him and had helped him plot the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008,Samraz said,Headley was just an “Urdu speaking American friend” to her family who had claimed to have reformed following drug addiction issues and arrests.

“India is my second home and my mother is from India. All my relatives are from India and they live in Meerut,Ghaziabad and Delhi,” Samraz said,asking why would then her husband plot an attack on that country.

Samraz Rana was present in the courtroom where Rana’s lawyers presented their defence. In an interview to PTI,she said Headley had been involved in drug arrests,and had issues with the FBI and also with his wives.

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“The only connection was that Rana and Headley were together in college for three years in Cadet College Abdal Hasan in Pakistan,” said Samraz,adding that Headley had “different faces” as shown by him in the court.

Samraz,a doctor who had practised in Pakistan,said her husband used to keep Headley at bay because of his bad habits and drug addiction. But after his drug involvement and arrests,Headley came back to Rana and told him,“I have changed”. Rana,who felt Headley had had a change of heart,then embraced him into his family,she said.

Samraz said she did not know that Headley had a terrorist connection. She said Headley was considered an Urdu-speaking American friend,who spoke English well and showed her children American movies as he owned a video rental store.

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Headley has stated during his testimony that he considered the Chicago businessman “his best friend in the world”. But Rana’s wife rubbished this.

First published on: 08-06-2011 at 02:53:51 am
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