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Special Cell calls Liaquat a terrorist, NIA absolves him

On March 20, 2013, SN Shrivastava, Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) announced that they had busted a terror module by arresting Liaquat allegedly while he was crossing the Indo-Nepal border in Gorakhpur with his family. The officer claimed him as ‘A’ grade Hizbul Mujahideen militant who had come to carry out strikes in the national Capital. On Saturday, Shrivastava remained unavailable for comments.

In early March 2013, a team recovered an AK-47 assault rifle, hand grenades, 60 rounds of ammunition from a guest house in Jama Masjid area. In connection to this, Shah was arrested from Indo-Nepal border. On March 23, 2013, the Home Ministry issued a notification facilitating NIA to take over the case after his arrest had generated conflicting versions from Delhi and J&K Police.

NIA on Saturday filed a charge-sheet in a special court where it has named absconder Sabir Khan Pathan, alias Munna, a police informer, for allegedly planting weapons in Jama Masjid to project Shah as a militant. Khan, who is still absconding, had been living in Lodhi Colony’s barracks of Special Cell, for the past eight years. According to the charge-sheet, the address of Khan as mentioned in a lodge in old Delhi as well as for his SIM card was “Barrack NO. 2, Special Cell Niwas, BG 21, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi.”

Speaking to Millennium Post, a source in NIA said: “In 2013, during interrogation, Shah also revealed that Delhi Police Special Cell had attempted to kill him in a fake encounter.” The NIA, while absolving Shah of terror charges, has also submitted the report to ministry of home affairs seeking permission for carrying out investigations against two Delhi Police officials for allegedly “conspiring” to target Shah.
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