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Interpol chief meets Chidambaram; extends assistance
Published on 21 Dec. 2008 1:15 AM IST
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Interpol chief Ronald K. Noble Saturday met Home Minister P. Chidambaram and discussed the 26/11 Mumbai terror strike and the possibility of international assistance in the probe. Chidambaram and the Interpol general-secretary held an hour-long meeting. “Noble discussed possible international assistance in the investigation into the Mumbai terror attacks. He expressed Interpol’s solidarity with the Indian government,” sources in the home ministry told IANS. “The Interpol chief also offered to help in unveiling the identity of those behind the Mumbai terror mayhem. Noble offered to issue Black Corner Notices (issued for the identification of dead people) for the terrorists gunned down in Mumbai,” the sources added. Noble and his team would now be visiting Pakistan to discuss the issue with Islamabad and the country’s law enforcement agencies. Interpol is the world’s largest international police organisation, with 187 member countries. Created in 1923, it facilitates cross-border police cooperation, and supports and assists all organisations, authorities and services whose mission is to prevent or combat crime. On Friday, Noble visited Interpol’s National Central Bureau located in the headquarters of India’s premier crime detection agency Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Later he and another official met CBI Director Ashwani Kumar. In India, the CBI is the nodal agency for Interpol coordination. The Mumbai terror attacks killed around 170 people, including 26 foreigners.

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