Mumbai attack witness never taken to U.S: FBI

January 18th, 2009 - 9:04 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai/Washington, Jan.18 (ANI): The United States investigating agency Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has stated denied claims made by a Mumbai woman stating she was taken to the U.S by the agency for her being a witness to the Mumbai terror attacks on November 26.
The FBI, however, has clarified that all the interviews conducted by it in connection to the Mumbai attacks were done 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 stated on Saturday.
The latest remarks from the FBI were made in response to a query on the claim made recently by Anita Uddaiya, a resident of South Mumbai and a scrap dealer by profession here, stating that she had been taken to the US for 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.
She has claimed to have seen the 10 terrorists, who carried out the 26/11 strikes, arrive in the city in a rubber dinghy.
Forty eight-year-old Uddaiya went missing in mysterious circumstance from her residence on January 11 after which her daughter filed a missing persons complaint. She doesnt hold any passport mandatory to travel outside the country.
She mysteriously returned to her home on Wednesday but claimed she had been taken to the US by authorities for questioning.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai police has rubbished her version and now slapped a case against her, making it a non-cognisable offence to mislead them. (ANI)

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