New Delhi: India's home ministry is examining the possibility of deploying Jammu and Kashmir Police along the Nepal border in the wake of recent controversy over the arrest of suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militant Liyaqat Shah, official sources said Tuesday.
They said the that the move was aimed at improving the mechanism concerning the surrender of Kashmiri youth who had crossed over to Pakistani-administered Kashmir in the early 1990s during peak of militancy and want to return to the country via Nepal.
The sources said that ministry has felt the need to put in place mechanisms to avoid the kind of controversy that erupted over Liyaqat's arrest March 20.
There are two conflicting versions on Shah's arrest. While Delhi Police claim he was part of a terrorist plot attempting to launch a fidayeen (suicide) attack in the capital, Jammu and Kashmir Police say he was on his way back home from Pakistan to surrender under the rehabilitation policy of the government.
The sources said if the move goes through, Jammu and Kashmir police will be deployed along with Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) on the India-Nepal border and will help in identifying the Kashmiri youth who have been using Nepal as an alternative route to come back to the state.