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India hands over more 26/11 evidence to Pakistan

May 20, 2009 17:59 IST

Responding to Pakistan's queries, India on Wednesday handed over to it the third dossier of evidence on the Mumbai terror attacks, including the certified DNA report and statement of the lone arrested terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab.

The voluminous documentation, comprising replies to ten queries made by Pakistan and 15 booklets, were handed over by a senior official of the Ministry of External Affairs when he called a senior diplomat of the Pakistan High Commission to the ministry in New Delhi.

"The MEA today handed over to the Pakistani High Commission additional information and details related to the Mumbai terror attack sought by Pakistan," a statement by the ministry said.

The documents handed over to Pakistan included the certified report of Kasab's DNA report, sources said.

India had given DNA reports of the ten terrorists involved in the attack to Pakistan on March 13. However, two DNA reports were of the same person and the report of Kasab was missing due to a clerical error.

The fresh dossier handed over to Pakistan also included a certified statement of Kasab made before a Mumbai court, which was being persistently sought by Islamabad, to pursue its own investigations into the case.

Statements of witnesses made in the court and other documents related to it were also included in the 15 booklets which ran into 1500 pages. Such documents could not be handed over earlier because of legal issues, as the permission of the court was required.

The third dossier, given two months after the last one, is a comprehensive set of evidence to enable Pakistan to carry forward the probe, sources said.

India had on March 13 handed over to Pakistan a 401-page dossier, containing question-by-question replies and annexures.

The second dossier included telephone conversations of the ten attackers and their Pakistan-based handlers intercepted during the 60-hour carnage, fingerprints, DNA profiles and other details of the terrorists who struck in Mumbai.

The dossier also included forensic analysis of GPS, ammunition and other equipment used by the terrorists.

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