New Delhi: India and the US on Friday signed an agreement to combat terrorism that will help in the sharing of intelligence on criminals as well as joint training of the country’s elite commandos, the National Security Guard (NSG), with its US counterparts.
“We will now link up with US databank of criminals to share information. Earlier it was done in an informal way. Now, it has been given a legal sanctity,” a government official said on condition of anonymity.
According to the home ministry, the initiative provides for strengthening capabilities to effectively fight terrorism, promotion of exchanges regarding modernization of techniques, sharing of best practices on issues of mutual interest, and development of investigative skills.
The other initiatives include promotion of cooperation between forensic science laboratories, establishment of procedures to provide mutual investigative assistance, enhancing capabilities to act against money laundering, counterfeit currency and financing of terrorism; exchanging best practices on mass transit and rail security; increasing exchanges between the coast guard and Navy on maritime security.
“In the coming days and months, there will be even closer information sharing and collaborative efforts on issues ranging from bomb-blast investigations and major event security to mega-city policing, cyber security and border security,” US ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer said after signing the initiative.