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FBI to brief Shinde about Boston Marathon bombings

Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times  New Delhi , May 20, 2013
First Published: 23:37 IST(20/5/2013) | Last Updated: 02:27 IST(21/5/2013)

The FBI will share investigation details of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing with the Indian home ministry delegation led by Sushil Shinde on the margins of the Homeland Security dialogue. Home minister Shinde, who will be meeting his counterpart Janet Napolitano, left Delhi for US on May 19 and is expected back on May 26.

Top government sources said Shinde will be visiting Boston to be briefed about the Boston bombing by FBI and city police with a discussion on indigenous radicalisation. Shinde will also get a first-hand experience of how the National Counter Terrorism Center functions in the US.

Shinde is leading an eight-member delegation with home secretary RK Singh, senior officials from the ministry and Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh. The Indian delegation will be visiting Washington, New York and Boston in the course of the trip and will interact with FBI director Robert Mueller and US attorney general Eric Holder.

As part of the Homeland Security dialogue, Shinde and Napolitano are slated to discuss home grown terror, megacity policing project and improving forensic skills for speedy investigation and better conviction.

Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal is accompanying Shinde to get an idea of the intricacies of megacity policing in New York. When implemented, the megacity policing project is going to involve eight Indian cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Pune.

Security dialogue to begin today
Washington: The four-day India-US Homeland Security dialogue between Sushil Kumar Shinde and his American counterpart Janet Napolitano will begin on Tuesday.

Threats from terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and al-Qaeda, illicit financing and transnational crimes are high on their agenda. Both the sides are expected to take stock of existing mechanisms such as the joint working group on counter-terrorism and the counter-terrorism cooperation initiative in advancing Indo-US cooperation.

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