FBI train Indian officials on terrorist attack investigation

June 17th, 2008 - 7:42 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) A team of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials Monday began a week-long programme to share their expertise in investigation of terrorist attacks with Indian law enforcement authorities. Under the programme, crime scene training will be provided to Indian investigators based on post-blast techniques developed by the US investigators, stated a release from the US embassy here.

A 30-member FBI team is conducting the course to develop the skills of 35 police officers from across India in tackling terror-related cases.

Through this programme the Indian investigators will hone their skills in processing a post-blast crime scene and collection and preservation of crime scene evidence. The course will culminate in a practical exercise, simulating a terrorist bombing attack.

The National Bomb Data Centre at Manesar in Haryana is the only specialised agency that imparts training to officers in post terrorist attack investigation. “But after reviewing the present terror scenario it is not sufficient,” said M.L. Sharma, special director (CBI).

Among the subjects being dealt with during the course are crime scene management and administration, photography and sketching, gathering DNA evidence, fingerprinting, digital evidence collection, and forensic analysis of bomb scenes.

Police officers from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, as also officers from the National Security Guards, are participating in the course.

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