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'Interviews related to Mumbai attacks voluntary'

The FBI said all the interviews conducted in regard to the Mumbai terror attacks were on a voluntary basis and did not involve travel outside of normal circumstances.

world Updated: Jan 18, 2009 12:48 IST

Amid a Mumbai woman's claim that she was flown to US by investigators on her being a witness to arrival of terrorists in the city on November 26, the FBI has said all the interviews conducted by it in connection with the strikes were on a voluntary basis and "did not involve travel outside of normal circumstances".

"The FBI has been afforded the opportunity to conduct several interviews, however all of the interviews were done on a voluntary basis and they did not involve travel outside of normal circumstances," an FBI spokesperson told PTI on Saturday.

His remarks came in response to a question on the claim early this week by scrap dealer, Anita Uddaiya, that she was taken to the US for further interrogation by the FBI.

"The FBI continues to assist the Government of India with their investigation into last year's attacks in Mumbai. The FBI has been working with the Indian authorities as well as our partners to cover all leads, wherever they may take us," the spokesperson said.

Uddaiya, a resident of South Mumbai, had said she had seen the 10 terrorists, who carried out the 26/11 strikes, arrive in the city in a rubber dinghy. She went missing from her residence on January 11 after which her daughter filed a missing persons complaint.

However, the 48 year old woman, who does not even have a passport, mysteriously returned to her home on Wednesday and claimed she had been taken to the US by authorities for questioning.

But, Mumbai police rubbished her version and slapped a case against her. They lodge a non cognisable complaint against Uddaiya for allegedly misleading them.