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Former Pakistan Army doctor and 26/11 Mumbai attack accused Tahawwur Rana arrested in US

Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Canadian businessman and former Pakistani army doctor accused of the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, has been arrested again by the US in Los Angeles at the request of Indian officials. Rana (59), associated with Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, was recently released from jail after he was found to be suffering from Kovid-19 infection. Rana was arrested again on June 10 by another Los Angeles police along with another ISI operative David Coleman Headley and sent to jail.

Assistant US Attorney John J. Luljian revealed in court that the Indian government requested the re-arrest of Tahawwur Rana, who was involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, as per the 1997 extradition treaty between the US and India. More than 166 people were killed in an attack in Mumbai by a Pakistan-based terrorist organization. The Assistant US Attorney also said that India has informed that Tahawwur Rana is being prosecuted for various offenses including conspiracy to commit a sensational murder.

Earlier in 2018, a National Investigation Agency (NIA) team from India was in the US to extradite Rana. Rana along with Headley helped in carrying out the Mumbai attacks a decade ago. 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were involved in these attacks. More than 166 people died in the city of Mumbai in the attacks of these terrorists, while 100 others were seriously injured.

 

During this terror attack, the Mumbai Police had killed nine terrorists on the spot, while Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani terrorist, was caught alive. Kasab was later hanged. Rana was convicted in the US in 2013 and sentenced to 14 years in prison. According to the records of the prison’s inmate locator, Tahawwur Rana was to be released in 2021.

Meanwhile, US District Judge Jacqueline Chuljian has scheduled her hearing on June 30 in District Court California on Friday. His lawyer has been asked to present his arguments by 22 June and the response of the US government is going to come by 26 June. The Assistant US Attorney has said that the crimes for which the warrant of arrest of Rana was issued are covered by the extradition treaty. According to the dossier of Indian agencies, Rana was born in Chichawatni, Punjab province of Pakistan. Rana received his medical degree from Cadet College Hasan Abdal, a military residential college in Pakistan. In this college, he met Headley, who had become a major operative of the ISI. A doctor by profession, Rana served as a Captain-General Duty Practitioner in the Pakistan Army Medical Corps. Rana and his wife, who is also a physician, both moved to Canada in 1997, and in June 2001 they obtained Canadian citizenship. The couple lived in Chicago and also owned several businesses, including an immigration services agency.

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