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FBI to share all in Headley case

india Updated: Nov 30, 2009 00:43 IST
Varghese K George
Varghese K George
Hindustan Times
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A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) team from the United States will travel to India soon with “exhaustive details” on David Headley and Tawahur Rana, US President Barack Obama assured visiting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during their meeting on November 24.

“The President assured the PM there will be no holding back information. Let’s see what we get,” National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan said.

Headley and Rana, alleged members of the Lashkar-e-Tayebba terror outfit suspected of planning attacks on India and Denmark, were arrested by the FBI in early October.

India’s own investigations since then have revealed that Headley and Rana visited India a number of times in the two years before the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai last year. Indian security agencies are keen to find out if the two had any role in the attacks.

India has not yet sought to interrogate the duo, official sources said. But the US has offered to share all that its
interrogation has revealed so far with India, they added.

Later, if Indian agencies feel the need to interrogate the suspects, the matter will be taken up with US authorities,
they said.

The sources also said India and the US have agreed on a higher level of cooperation in counter-terror measures. The Americans will share information on threats without reservations.

Indian diplomats were completely satisfied with the US reponse to handling Pakistan’s involvement in providing safe havens to terrorists.