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NEW DELHI: A new book on the Mumbai terror attacks has claimed that an Indian intelligence mole helped the Pakistani attackers carry out the November 2008 assault and Indian home ministry officials said on Friday they were not inclined to believe the sensational charge without a probe.

In their book on the terror attacks on Mumbai, ‘The Siege: The Attack On The Taj’, authors Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark have claimed that an Indian citizen was a mole for the Inter Services Intelligence and passed on information to it that helped mount the audacious terror attacks on Mumbai on November 26, 2008. Pakistan has denied the charge of any official complicity in the assault.

Mr Levy has been quoted by as saying the Indian government had not tried hard enough to find the ISI mole in the New Delhi establishment.

According to the authors, David Coleman Headley, an American of Pakistani origin who was convicted in the United States for his role, was given “a condensed version of the Pakistani army’s two-year training course on surveillance and counter-intelligence”.

Mr Levy told he believes that while the ISI’s source in India is unlikely to be from the army, it could be someone from the Indian security establishment other than the army.

In addition to the mole, the book also claims there were people in Mumbai codenamed ‘chuhas’ (mice) who supplemented information and added to the details Headley allegedly provided to the Lashkar-e-Taiba to plan the terror attacks.

“The LeT claims there were 10 collaborators working in Mumbai,” says Levy.

The Ram Pradhan Commission of Inquiry, set up to probe the terror attacks, failed in its duty when it did not examine the ‘local element’, Mr Levy added.

“The Pakistan side told me there exist Honey Bee and chuhas. The Indian side should have established their identity.”

Comments (8) Closed

Shri Nov 09, 2013 08:02am

What is new in the book ? It doesn't change the perpetrators. Even if this so called mole is identified how does it lessen the crime of those who planned and executed the attacks ?

b4guy Nov 09, 2013 01:17pm

the whole world claims that pakistan is behind mumbai attacks.

ahmed hasan Nov 09, 2013 08:43pm

I am interested in knowing, what the heck happened to the Indian Officer that submitted an affidavit in court that Mumbai attacks was an "inside job" by Indian Intelligence, why don't we hear much from that officer anymore? Knowing the crazy Indian media (propaganda machine), it is strange that not much news came out of that officer.

Indian Nov 09, 2013 10:00pm

@Shri: Shame on Pakistanis trying to absolve themselves of such a heinous crime against humanity. Instead you must all hang your heads in shame.

@H__3 Nov 09, 2013 10:58pm

Saanp mar giya laaathi peet-tay raho!

kulak Nov 10, 2013 05:00am

@b4guy: Claiming something and proving these, are two different things, I can presume thousands of things without any proof. Didn't an Indian from Indian defence department wrote a book in which he claims Indian Govt; planned this attack ?

The Author Nov 10, 2013 02:31pm

I hope this will help sell more books.

raja hindustani Nov 10, 2013 11:19pm

@ahmed hasan: @Kulak: my friends..........I love the way you people over-romanticizing conspiracy theory. Do you have any clue why Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi with some other LeT members are locked in Pakistani jail? Good morning...!!! :)