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Bid made on Bal Thackeray's life, attacker slipped: Headley

During his examination-in-chief by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam on February 12, Headley had first confirmed the Lashkar-e-Taiba's plot to target Thackeray, but had said nothing on an unsuccessful bid made to kill him and the attacker having slipped from the police hands

 

In a shocking disclosure, Pakistani-American terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley on Thursday claimed that an attempt was made on the life of late Shiv Sena founder-patriarch Bal Thackeray.
 
"I believe an attempt was made on the life of the Shiv Sena chief... The man who made the attempt had escaped from police custody," Headley said in the Special Court of Additional Sessions Judge G.A. Sanap.
 
His replies came on the second day of his cross-examination conducted by lawyer Abdul Wahab Khan, the defence counsel for Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, who is facing trial in the 26/11 case.
 
During his examination-in-chief by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam on February 12, Headley had first confirmed the Lashkar-e-Taiba's plot to target Thackeray, but had said nothing on an unsuccessful bid made to kill him and the attacker having slipped from the police hands.
 
"The LeT wanted to target the chief of Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray). LeT wanted to kill him whenever a chance arose. I have no first-hand knowledge, but I think an attempt was made to kill him," Headley said.
 
Denying knowledge of how the attempt was made, he said the person sent to kill Thackeray was arrested but slipped from police custody.
 
When Khan asked him how many times he visited the party headquarters Shiv Sena Bhavan in Dadar and what was the motive, Headley said he recced the building twice and reiterated that the LeT's target was the late Thackeray.
 
To the question, under whose instructions, Headley said he was instructed by his LeT supervisor in Pakistan, Sajid Mir.
 
On any other attempts on Thackeray's life, Headley said he had learnt of one previous attempt on the late champion of Hindutva (Thackeray), and the man who made the bid had escaped police custody.
 
He said post 26/11, when he returned to India in March 2009 to plan out further attacks on behalf of the Al Qaeda terror group, its leader Iliyas Kashmiri funded him to the tune of around one lakh Pakistani rupees.
 
Headley said that though the LeT came under pressure after the 2008 Mumbai terror strikes, it did not become 'soft' towards India.
 
"I think the LeT became soft about Denmark, but not India. After the Denmark issue, I went to Al Qaeda as the LeT had become soft," he claimed.
 
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5,624 motorists challaned on Holi in Delhi
As many as 5,624 motorists were challaned on Holi for violating traffic rules in Delhi as a woman pillion rider died in a road accident during the festivities, police said on Thursday.
 
"We have prosecuted 5,624 motorists for various traffic offences on Holi between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. As many as 1,085 vehicles were also impounded," Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander told IANS. 
 
Of those challaned, 313 were booked for overspeeding, 218 for dangerous driving, 1,941 for drunken driving, 2,129 for not wearing helmets, 499 for riding triple on two-wheelers, 130 for wrong-side driving and 294 for other offences. 
 
The officer said a woman riding pillion died when the motorcycle she was riding collided with a Metro pillar on the Panchkuyian Road in central Delhi. "Both she and the bike driver were without helmets."
 
"The challan drive is still on and over 400 traffic police teams have been deployed across the city to avoid hooliganism and violation of traffic rules," the officer said. 
 
Till late Wednesday night, traffic police reported 558 drunken driving cases, with the highest 264 cases in south Delhi.
 
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US judge extends Volkswagen's diesel solution deadline
US District Judge Charles Breyer had earlier given VW till March 24 to present its solution for those 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel automobiles, Xinhua reported
 
A federal judge in San Francisco gave Volkswagen an additional month -- till April 21 -- to come up with a solution for around 600,000 diesel vehicles sold in the US that were fitted with software to hide their real level of toxic emissions.
 
US District Judge Charles Breyer had earlier given VW till March 24 to present its solution for those 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel automobiles, Xinhua reported.
 
In a hearing on Thursday in San Francisco, the German automaker and the US Justice Department told Breyer that intense negotiations were ongoing but that more time was needed, according to the media.
 
The judge agreed to extend his earlier deadline after acknowledging the progress made thus far.
 
If VW does not provide Breyer with a solution by April 21, he could move to hold a trial in his court on the matter in mid-2016.
 
In January, the US Justice Department sued Volkswagen for up to $46 billion over the rogue software installed on diesel vehicles sold in the US since 2008.
 
That software -- known as a defeat device -- detected when emissions testing was taking place and activated the cars' emissions controls.
 
When those same vehicles were being driven under normal conditions, the controls were turned off and they spewed up to 40 times the US' legally allowable amount of nitrogen oxides, which have been linked to lung and respiratory illnesses.
 
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