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Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May was in India from November 27 to 30. In an interview with Pranab Dhal Samanta and Amitabh Sinha, May addressed India's concerns on the recent rise in the activities of Sikh extremist groups in Britain and stressed on the need for greater cooperation between the two countries on security related issues.
You have spoken about the need for stronger ties with India on security related issues. Could you elaborate?
We have always sought a stronger and deeper partnership with India on a wide range of issues. But in the recent years we have seen a growing cooperation on matters related to security. It is very beneficial. We face common threats, and I think it is right to talk about those common threats. Also, we are able to exchange information and work together.
You have said cooperation between police of the two countries have led to some successful outcomes. Could you give some specific examples?
Our Serious Organised Crime Agency has worked with the Indian police and that has been very beneficial in identifying cases involving drug trafficking and money laundering. These are areas where organised criminals operate across borders, and that is why it is so important for countries to be able to work together. Criminals do not recognise borders.
There've been concerns in India about renewed activities of Sikh extremist groups operating from Britain.
We take every kind of extremist activity very seriously. The British government is aware of the activities of Sikh extremist groups. We understand that this is an issue of concern to India. I am not in a position to comment on any specific group or activity as of now. But I can reassure India that every criminal activity, whether it emanates from Sikh groups or otherwise, is taken very seriously.