Mumbai attacks conspirator David Coleman Headley’s Pakistani handler Muzammil Butt alias Abu Hurera had made an elaborate plot to assassinate Omar Abdullah with a help of local university lecturer, soon after the 26/11 attacks.
But the attack was foiled in the nick of time. Muzammil Butt, the senior Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander, was a key plotter of 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Security agencies came to know about this plot just two days before he could execute it.
Mumbai attacks conspirator David Coleman Headley. indiatoday
According to a top secret report accessed by India Today
, the security agencies had raced against time to decode a taped conversation between senior LeT commanders – one based in Pakistan and the other in the Kashmir Valley. But when the agencies finally managed to crack it, they were shocked to learn that the target was the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. The attack was planned on April 17, 2010, in the morning hours and security agencies managed to decode and put it together only in the night of April 15-16, reveals the report.
Security agencies faced a tough time to decode the conversation as it done in an elaborate coded language.
The report reveals that Abu Hurera had hatched the conspiracy with Abdullah Uni, LeT’s senior commander based in the Valley. A government of India dossier claims Muzammil Butt alias Abu Hurera is LeT’s overall operational commander and operated in Kashmir for several years. Being in charge of India operations of LeT, he arranged finances, travel documents and other logistics for terrorists infiltrating India. He is an accused in 26/11 attacks and Bangalore IISc attack on December 28, 2005.
“Yesterday night (April 15, 2200hrs), Brig VKK. Chavan, Northern Command, Udhampur informed that they had intercepted a communication between Abdullah Uni (Pak/ LeT commander operating from Sopore area) using Thuraya sat phones. Abdullah Uni informed Hurera that they had made all the preparation to target the chief minister (Omar Abdullah) on April 17 at Srinagar.” reveals the top secret report. It said Zubaid and Nadeem were the two militants who were to launch a suicide attack, assisted by a local Kashmiri youth. Uni also indicated that they had also made preparations for another action but did not reveal other details, says the report.
The conversation revealed that the CM would be attending Friday prayers at the campus where the suicide vests would go off. A lecturer and a peon working on the campus were cultivated to ensure passage to the possible bombers.
The plot was foiled but it took almost two years for security agencies to finally trap Uni and kill him in an encounter on September 11, 2012.
He was by that time Kashmir’s most wanted terrorist.