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Liyaqat’s proposal to surrender was rejected by J&K Police: Delhi Police

In a new twist to the case of alleged Hizb-ul-Mujahideen member Sayyed Liyaqat Shah, now in a face-saving effort Delhi Police Special Cell sources claimed that “Liyaqat’s proposal of surrender was rejected by the Jammu and Kashmir police and this was communicated to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in October 2012 in written”.

The letter signed by the then-Director General of J&K Police reads that Liyaqat’s proposal to surrender was “rejected during scrutiny in the [police] headquarters on the basis of non-recommendation by the Army.”

“This shows that Liyaqat Shah was never eligible for amnesty under the state’s policy for rehabilitation,” said an official in Special Cell of Delhi Police, finally reacting to the ignominy the police department had faced after being accused of conspiring against Liyaqat Shah by the the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The Special Cell official also revealed that contact details of as many as 20 alleged Hizb-ul Mujahideen commanders and associates were found in Liyaqat’s cell phone. They include names like Almas Khan, Zafar Hussain, Azgar Rasool, Shakeel, Farooq, Akram Uqab, Bahadur Khan and commander Hamza. It also emerged that Liyaqat had directly communicated with Hamza directly in June 2012.

However, sources in NIA had revealed that Liyaqat’s first wife Ameena Begum had submitted an application to the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) office in Kupwara in February 2011 under the surrender-cum- rehabilitation policy of the J&K government for people who had ex-filtrated to PoK in early 1990s and Liyaqat was on his way to surrender.

Liyaqat was arrested from the Indo-Nepal border near Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) by the Special Cell of Delhi Police on March 20, 2013. According to the source in the Special Cell, they had three specific inputs from the central intelligence agencies and some intercepts between Ameena Begum and a person named ‘Gujar’ (who is a suspected terrorist) among other evidences against Liyaqat.

According to the first input received on March 13, 2013, disclosure by one Zubair Aruhi – a member of Lashkar-e-Taiba operating from Pakistan occupied Kashmir – indicated plans of [terrorist] outfits to carry out violent terrorist actions in Jammu and Kashmir and other places in the hinterlands, said the source. He further said, the second and third inputs received on March 15 and 19 had alerted Delhi Police of an imminent probability of violent terrorist action in Delhi by March 22, in context of the then-recent hanging of Afzal Guru.

However, NIA absolved Liyaqat recently and accused the Special Cell of Delhi Police of falsely framing charges against him. In the recently filed chargesheet against one Sabir Khan Pathan, who is reportedly a police source, the agency has claimed that the arms – recovered from the room of a guest house near Jama Masjid – were planted by him. He was allegedly following instructions of the Special Cell officers.

According to a source, the MHA is now in the process of re-assessment of the role of Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) in the alleged conspiracy and contemplating about penalising three officials – ACP Manishi Chandra, Inspector Sanjay Dutt and Head Constable Manish – for the same.
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