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US announces $5 million reward for info on 26/11 perpetrators

US announces $5 million reward for info on 26/11 perpetrators

The United States on Monday notified a US $5 million rewards for information prompting the arrest or conviction in any nation of any person who committed, schemed, conspired, helped or abetted the 2008 Mumbai attack.

The Trump Administration declared this major reward (of more than Rs 35 crore) on the 10th commemoration of the Mumbai terror attack in which 10-Pakistan based LeT terrorists went in light of a shooting rampage in India's financial hub shooting and killing 166 individuals, including six Americans.

Ten years back, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists cruised into Mumbai from Karachi and carried out facilitated attacks that kept going for three days. The terrorists carried out bomb blasts and held many hostages as a fightback by security forces proceeded for the following 60 hours.

Taj Mahal Palace hotel, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, Leopold Cafe were targetted in the attack that stood out as main headlines across the world.

The move comes exactly less than a fortnight after Vice President Mike Pence had a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Singapore, amid which he is accepted to have himself raised this issue and regretted that even 10 years after the Mumbai terrorist attack, the perpetrators have not been conveyed to justice.

State Department's Rewards for Justice (RFJ) Program on Monday said that it is putting forth a reward of up to $5 million for any information leading to the capture or conviction in any nation of any person who committed, schemed, conspired to submit, helped or abetted the execution of the 2008 Mumbai attack.

The announcement said, “The United States is committed to working with our international partners to identify and bring to justice those responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attack.” Today’s announcement denotes the third RFJ reward offer looking for information on the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack.

In April 2012, the Department of State reported reward offers for information that brings to justice, LeT organizer Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, another senior LeT leader, who played a major role in executing the 2008 Mumbai Attacks.

In December 2001, the Department of State assigned LeT as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. This designation plays a crucial role in the fight against terrorism and is a viable method for diminishing support for terrorist activities and constraining groups to escape the terrorism business, according to the State Department. In May 2005, the United Nations (UN) 1267 Sanctions Committee added LeT to the Consolidated UN Security Council Sanctions List. The State Department said that anybody with information on this occurrence can contact the Rewards for Justice office via the website, email (info@rewardsforjustice.net), telephone (800-877-3927 in North America), or mail (Rewards for Justice, Washington, D.C., 20520-0303, USA). People may likewise contact the Regional Security Officer at the closest U.S. embassy or consulate.

It said, “All data will be kept entirely secret.”

The Rewards for Justice program is controlled and administered by the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service. Since its commencement in 1984, the program has paid in abundance of USD150 million to more than 100 individuals who gave significant information that helped bring terrorists to justice or even prevented acts of global terrorism worldwide.