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Interpol chief promises assistance

india Updated: Dec 20, 2008 20:16 IST
Interpol chief promises assistance in Mumbai probe

Interpol Secretary General Ronald K Noble today met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and promised all help to secure details of the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks.

During their 20 minute meeting, Noble said the details of the terrorists who were killed or captured, including their names, fingerprints, DNA profiles and photographs, were compared with Interpol's global databases and appropriately disseminated to each and every one of its 186 member countries, home ministry sources said.

Interpol also offered to issue Black Notices (for deceased persons) and Blue Notices (to obtain additional information) for the 10 terrorists involved in the attacks.

These notices will allow investigators to seek formal and structured assistance from Interpol member countries, they said.

In addition to the ongoing support to the probe, Interpol is offering to extend access to its global databases beyond the Interpol National Central Bureau here to include police, immigration, border-control units and other law enforcement authorities, thus enabling officers to conduct real-time checks of databases on wanted persons, stolen and lost travel documents and other critical information related to terrorism.

Noble also met CBI Director Ashwani Kumar on Friday.

"India and its CBI have much experience in using Interpol tools and services to track down terrorist fugitives and so 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," Noble said in a release.