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India yet to share info on attacks: Interpol

December 23, 2008 18:04 IST
Last Updated: December 23, 2008 18:19 IST

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India has not yet authorised its investigators to share information regarding the Mumbai terror attacks [Images] with the Interpol, the chief of the Paris-based global police agency said in Islamabad [Images] on Tuesday.

"To date, India's government has not authorised India's police agencies to enter any data relating to the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai in Interpol's databases," Interpol Secretary General Ronald K Noble told media persons.

"No information has been shared. We are hopeful that it will happen very quickly," he said after a meeting with Pakistan's Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik.

An Interpol incident response team had been deployed in India to gather evidence and information to be shared with police databases around the world. Interpol has so far gleaned information only from the media, Noble said.

"Interpol's instant Response Team was deployed to India several days ago with the goal of gathering evidence and information which the Interpol could put in police databases that will be acceptable to Pakistan and all other countries around the world," he said.

"So far no names have been provided by Indian police and India's law enforcement authority or the government of India to Interpol to enter in its databases for Pakistan or any other countries to determine whether or not they have information or link to those individuals," Noble said.

He said Interpol had not received any information that would allow him to comment on the accuracy of media reports about the nationality and identity of the attackers.

It was also 'not acceptable internationally' for information to be put in the media and not placed in police databases, Noble said.

In the absence of reliable information in police databases, investigators around the world would not be able to determine the identities of the Mumbai attackers or their possible links to terror groups in other countries, he said.

Noting that Pakistan too had suffered at the hands of terrorists, he said the country 'needs international support and not international condemnation at such a critical time'.

The Interpol chief also said while Pakistan was willing to cooperate through his agency to help India, New Delhi [Images] would have to 'decide when and how to use' the organisation.

Noble said there were three ways through which his organisation could help India identify the terrorists and the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks.

"One way is by Black Notice, which allows the identification of corpses (bodies). Another way is through a Blue Notice, which allows countries to give further information. And the third way is through Red Notice, which is to seek the arrest of people worldwide," he said.

Asked about Pakistan's cooperation with regard to Mumbai terror attacks, Noble said Islamabad had given it assurance of full cooperation in the probe.

"In terms of investigation that is underway in India, the Minister (Internal), the head of FIA (Pakistan's Federal Investigating Agency), the deputy head of Interpol -- all have agreed that Pakistan will be willing to cooperate with the Interpol to help India further its investigation in whatever India might deem appropriate," he said.

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