Chicago, July 24: David Coleman Headley, the Pak-origin American who was serving a 35-year sentence in a US Federal jail over his role in orchestrating the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, may have succumbed to injuries following a murderous attack, said media reports on Tuesday. Headley was reportedly attacked by two other inmates. (Also read: Headley Hated India)
The attack reportedly took place on July 8 and it is only now that it has been made public. Headley allegedly served as a double agent between Pakistan intelligence agencies and terror organisations. Special Public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam has, however, denied any such attack on Headley. Headley was prosecuted by a Mumbai special court in February 2016, via a video link from his prison cell in the US. He was prosecuted by Nikam, the same lawyer who represented the State during the Mumbai attack trials. Mumbai court pardoned him after he turned approver in the case.
Zee News sought an official statement from the public information officer, Bureau of Prison, Chicago, they were told, “We are not able to locate the information about this inmate.” Zee News also tried to cross-check with the hospital and were told, “Currently we do not have any patients with this (David Headley/Daood Gilaani) name.”
A similar report was published by American media but without the name of the inmate. Indian agencies suspect that the reported incident is about none other than David Headley. The site is also awaiting a reply from the FBI and the public information officer.
Headley had suffered serious injuries and was reportedly under 24-hr watch at North Shore Evanston Hospital. The men who attacked him are reportedly brothers who are serving time for attacking police officials.