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NIA to establish Liyaqat’s credentials: J&K top cop

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad on Sunday said the ongoing National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe would establish whether Syed Liyaqat Shah ‘is a terrorist or innocent’.

Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a police function here, the DGP said: ‘The NIA is probing the arrest of Liyaqat Shah by Delhi Police. It will establish if he is a terrorist or innocent.’

Shah, 47, was arrested by Delhi Police from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh on 20 March.

Police claimed to have averted a ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) terror attack in Delhi with his arrest. They said Shah was a suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militant.

He has been remanded to judicial custody till 12 April

The family of Sayed Liyaqat Shah claimed that he was returning home to the Kashmir Valley via Nepal from Pakistan under the Jammu and Kashmir government’s rehabilitation policy for surrendered militants.

According to sources in Jammu and Kashmir’s home department, Liyaqat figures in a list of over 200 former militants whose relatives had applied to the state government for rehabilitation under a policy initiated in 2010, and meant for militants wishing to surrender and return to the mainstream.

‘His application is under process, but he chose to come illegally through the Nepal route,’ sources said.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also held discussions with union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on the issue of Liyaqat Shah’s return.

Later, the union home ministry ordered a probe by the NIA to establish the facts and submit a report at the earliest.


A terrorist hideout was busted and a cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from it after a joint operation by the police and the Army, police said on Sunday.  Acting on specific inputs, a police team and 38 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) launched the operation in Doorimal Ghambeer Mughlan area yesterday and recovered the arms and ammunition, SSP Rajouri Mubassir Latifi said. The area was cordoned off and during the search four Chinese make grenades, two AK magazines, 27 AK rounds, one wireless set, recovered.
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