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US denies any role in 26/11 witness mystery
Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi | January 15, 2009 18:43 IST
Last Updated: January 15, 2009 21:34 IST
The United States has denied any involvement in the disappearance of Anita Uddaiya, the star witness in the November 26 Mumbai [Images] attacks case.
Denying that the US had anything to do with her disappearance, a embassy spokesperson said: "No American agency have been involved."
Asked where she could have been taken for interrogation and by whom, the spokesperson said: "You should ask her where she went."
Anita Uddaiya, the woman who saw the six terrorists involved in the November 26 terror attacks arrive in the city, claims she was taken to the United States and questioned by investigating agencies there.
"I was informed that the (US) officers who questioned me about the Mumbai attacks here earlier would take me to America. They came on Sunday morning and took me to America," Uddaiya told PTI.
"I had lied to the police when I returned home stating that I went to Satara district as the officers told me not to disclose anything about my visit to America," Uddaiya said.
Uddaiya went missing on Sunday morning and returned to Mumbai on Wednesday at around 1.30 am.
She had seen the terrorists land in a rubber dinghy on the beach at the colony. But when she asked them where they had come from, she was told to mind her own business.
Uddaiya said four officers were inside the posh vehicle and one of them knew Hindi.
"First, I was taken to St George Hospital to see my husband Rajendra. I told him that I would return home in a couple of days. From the hospital I was taken to airport," Uddaiya said.
Uddaiya, who spent 17-18 hours in her flight to the US, said she was told they were heading to America.
"I was taken to a posh hotel in a car soon after I landed in America. After a couple of hours, we all went to a building where I was asked several questions about the terrorists and Mumbai attacks," she said.
She said she was asked about the terrorists whom she had seen landing at Mumbai.
On returning home in a taxi from Mumbai airport, Uddaiya said she was confused and surprised at what was happening around her. She said she was taken to the Cuffe Parade police station for recording her statement.
After the Mumbai attacks, Uddaiya had also been shown pictures of ten terrorists but she was not taken to J J Hospital to identify the bodies of the terrorists, she said.
Uddaiya, who deals in scrap, had been living with her husband, daughter and son in the colony of Cuffe Parade in south Mumbai.
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