The Indian government has decided not to join a Global Terrorism Database (GTD) maintained by the US following objections from intelligence agencies. Both Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) have objected to the proposal that would have provided unhindered access to the Americans to the database of terror suspects in India, including their biometric details.
According to a report by The Hindu, in a bid to pitch for the agreement, US authorities told Indian authorities that “in the past one year two dozen people with terrorist links were arrested in Canada and Australia with the help of HSPD-6 as both countries are signatories to it”. There have been several rounds of discussions on this issue between India and the US over the past one year on the issue. Both sides narrowed down their differences on several key aspects.
The database includes name of the terror suspect, nationality, date of birth, photos, finger prints (if any), and passport number.