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Interpol 2023: India Has Geolocated 184 Fugitives Abroad; Efforts On To Bring Them Back

India, through strategic collaboration with Interpol and international law enforcement agencies, has successfully geolocated 184 criminals situated across various countries. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) disclosed this information, highlighting the nation’s relentless efforts to bring fugitives to justice. A team led by CBI Director Praveen Sood and National Investigation Agency (NIA) Chief Dinkar Gupta emphasized the importance of denying safe havens for criminals during the Interpol 91st general assembly in Vienna.

India has demonstrated tangible results in its pursuit of justice, coordinating the return of at least 24 fugitives in the current year alone. Since 2021, over 65 individuals facing legal charges have been successfully brought back to India, showcasing the effectiveness of enhanced cooperation between Indian and international agencies.

The CBI and NIA team underscored the significance of close coordination through Interpol channels to combat crime and criminals globally. The successful repatriations and geolocation of criminals in various countries reflect the strengthened relationship with international law enforcement agencies.

The statement from the CBI emphasized the increased leveraging of Interpol channels and relationships with law enforcement agencies worldwide to combat crime effectively. Geolocating criminals involves employing various means, including technical data, phone locations, criminal activity, and human intelligence to determine their whereabouts.

In the past three years, India has seen the successful repatriation of fugitives with diverse backgrounds. Notable cases include Subhash Shankar Parab, a close confidante of diamantaire Nirav Modi, Harpreet Singh alias Happy Malaysia, the alleged main conspirator behind the Ludhiana court bomb blast, and Bikramjit Singh alias Bikkar Panjwar, a pro-Khalistan operative behind the 2019 Tarn Taran bomb blast in Punjab.

The Interpol 91st general assembly, attended by a high-level Indian delegation, saw discussions on crucial issues such as combating organized crime, terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering, online radicalization, and cyber-enabled financial crimes. The delegation held bilateral meetings with 14 countries to enhance the sharing of criminal information, expedite mutual legal assistance, and strengthen the process of extradition.

India stressed the imperative need to deny safe havens for crime, criminals, and the proceeds of crimes. The discussions at the assembly also emphasized the necessity for coordinated strategies to curtail criminal organizations operating across international jurisdictions.

India’s proactive stance and persistent efforts in pursuing fugitives globally underscore the nation’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and ensuring that criminals find no refuge beyond borders.

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