No red tape or turf war in probing 26/11: Roemer

There were no "red tapes no turf battles" in investigating Mumbai terror attacks when FBI agents worked extensively with their counterparts in India, US Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer said.

Updated: Apr 25, 2011, 18:20 PM IST

New Delhi: There were no "red tapes no turf
battles" in investigating the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks when
FBI agents worked extensively with their counterparts in the
Indian police and intelligence agencies, US Ambassador to
India Timothy Roemer said.

Maintaining that citizens benefit when law enforcement
officials work together to bring to justice terrorists and
criminals who target innocent civilians, he said agents from
both the countries testified in the trial of Ajmal Kasab in
order to bring him to justice.
Sharing his thoughts after the conclusion of a five-day
`Law Enforcement Executive Development` seminar focusing on
counter terrorism, crisis response and mega city policing,
organised by FBI in partnership with the Home Ministry, Roemer
said "no red tape, no turf battles, just investigators
standing shoulder-to-shoulder in cooperation at a time of
crisis".

"Teams of forensic specialists pulled fingerprints from
improvised explosive devices. Damaged GPS devices were wired
back together by FBI engineers to obtain valuable data. Agents
from both the countries testified in the trial of Ajmal Kasab
in order to bring him to justice," he said.
The seminar was held last week in Los Angeles,
California, at the facilities of the FBI, Los Angeles Police
Department, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff?s Department.

Thirty-nine senior police executives from fourteen
central and fifteen state agencies across India were invited
by the Ministry of Home Affairs to participate in the
exchange, a US Embassy release said today.

Among the practical exercises and topics discussed
were crisis management and response, evidence recovery and
processing, post-blast investigation and evidence recovery?
orange County Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (an
overview of a forensics lab performing all aspects of digital
evidence recovery, collection, and analysis).

Los Angeles was selected as the focal point for the
seminar because of the international scope of policing and
security issues it faces and the infrastructure and
partnerships it has established to confront these challenges.

Los Angeles shares many of the same policing and security
challenges as India’s mega cities, such as organized crime,
large economic offenses, mass transit policing, maritime
security and special event security planning, it said.

PTI