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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2908

Interpol chief in India for Mumbai attacks probe

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 21 December (asiantribune.com): Interpol chief, Ronald Noble met the Indian Interior Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram and the head of agencies investigating the Mumbai attacks here Saturday. He promised Interpol's assistance help in securing details of the 10 gunmen who had carried out the attack on November 26 that claimed the lives of nearly Indians and foreigners.

Noble said Interpol is comparing DNA profiles and other identifications of the attackers such as photographs and fingerprints with its global database of fugitives.

"India and its CBI have much experience in using Interpol tools and services to track down terrorist fugitives,' he said in a statement, adding 'India understands that it cannot be expected to find the answers to this incident without the support of the global law enforcement community, and we will help ensure that this happens."

Indian agencies have held Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-i-Taiba responsible for the attack on the basis of confessions of the lone surviving gun man.

Following the terrorists attacks in Mumbai, the Interpol immediately offered to deploy an Incident Response Team.

Interpol chief said his organisation could issue Black notices that it circulates for the deceased and Blue notices to obtain additional information for the 10 terrorists involved.

In addition, the Interpol offered access of its global databases to State police, immigration and border control units and other law enforcement agencies in India. The move will allow real-time checks of Interpol's databases on wanted persons, stolen and lost travel documents, and other critical police information.

India is now setting up a Federal Agency on the lines of FBI to probe terrorism related crimes. To be known as the National Investigation Agency, (NIA) it will deal with Left Wing extremism as well.

Simultaneously, Delhi is setting up a radar network along the country's coast to step up maritime surveillance. Coast Guard, which is charged with the primary responsibility of checking maritime crime, has faced flak in the wake of Mumbai attacks as the gun men came to the city on the sea route.

To avert such failures, the coast guard is beefing up its capabilities with the acquisition of more aircraft, patrol vessels and warships and interceptor ships. A top defence official is quoted as saying that coast guard would soon acquire on lease from the global market some 70medium and big ships as an interim measure.

-Asian Tribune-

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