Centre orders NIA probe into Liyaqat Ali Shah's arrest

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 25, 2013 23:16 hrs

New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs today ordered National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the arrest of Liyaqat Ali Shah, a suspected Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, after counter claims by the Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi Police.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police had supported the claims of Shah's family that he was a former militant who had already surrendered and was part of a group returning from Pakistan- occupied Kashmir as part of the rehabilitation policy.

The Special Cell of Delhi Police on the contrary has claimed that it had foiled a suicide attack in the national capital with Shah's arrest, who they claimed, was a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist who planned attacks in the national capital.

Shah's arrest triggered a controversy after the Omar Abdullah Government in Jammu and Kashmir and the state police contradicted Delhi Police's version that he was coming to Delhi to coordinate terror strikes during the festival of Holi.

Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar earlier in the day met Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Shah's arrest

Delhi Police earlier on Monday claimed to have foiled a 'fidayeen attack' in the national capital with Shah's arrest in Uttar Pradesh.

The Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), S N Srivastava, said Syed Liyaqat Shah, a resident of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir, was apprehended from Gorakhpur two days ago, soon after he entered India through Nepal where he was flown to from Karachi.

"With the arrest of Shah, a fidayeen (suicide) attack in Delhi has been possibly averted," he said, and added that Liyaqat had crossed over to PoK in 1997 where he was trained. 

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