Muzammil Bhatt was the head of their group before Sajid Mir took over, Headley said, replying to questions by Nikam.
The revelation came when Nikam asked whether there was a women's wing of the LeT to which Headley replied in the positive and said its female head (whose name he did not know) was the mother of an LeT operative Abu Aiman. Reacting to the deposition, former Gurjarat Deputy Inspector General of Police D.G. Vanzara told media persons that Headley's testimony on Ishrat is "very important" and proved his contention it was "a genuine encounter (shootout)". "She was from the LeT and the Gujarat Police knew it in 2004. She was a LeT suicide bomber; it has been told in the open court," said the 62-year-old IPS officer who is facing allegations of 'extra-judicial' killings in the case.
On June 15, 2004, Ishrat Jahan and three persons accompanying her - Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana - were shot dead on a road near Kotarpur on Ahmedabad's outskirts.
The police team was led by Vanzara, who was later jailed for his alleged involvement in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.
The police then claimed that Ishrat and her associates were LeT operatives plotting to assassinate the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Subsequently, investigations revealed in 2009 that the Ishrat shootout case was staged.