NIA team questions Liyaqat's family

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 17, 2013 18:03 hrs

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team has quizzed the family members of suspected terrorist Sayyed Liyaqat Shah in Jammu and Kashmir, reports said on Saturday.

According to reports, Shah's brother Inayat Shah, first wife Ameena Begum and his third wife Akhtar-un-Nisa were quizzed by the NIA team on Friday.

"Liyaqat's family categorically told the NIA team that he had been planning to surrender ever since Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announced the rehabilitation policy in 2010, but had to wait because he worked as a labourer in Pakistan and didn´t have enough money to fund his return," Deccan Herald reported quoting sources.

The NIA team also had a ´threadbare discussion´ with senior officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Police over Shah´s arrest.

"During the discussions, the track record of Liyaqat was discussed threadbare. They (NIA) were informed that Liyaqat was returning to the Valley under the Jammu and Kashmir government's rehabilitation policy," the newspaper reported quoting sources.

Amid pressure from Jammu and Kashmir government, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Mar 25 handed over the case of suspected terrorist Sayyed Liyaqat Shah to the NIA.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Mar 23 asked Shinde to hand over Shah´s case to the NIA, amid a row over his arrest between the Delhi Police and the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Shah´s arrest had triggered a controversy with the Jammu and Kashmir Police claiming that they knew about the militant´s return to India from Pakistan via Nepal.

Negating the claims made by the Delhi Police, the Jammu and Kashmir Police had reportedly said that Shah was returning to Kashmir to surrender.

The Delhi Police had earlier said Shah was part of a group sent by Pakistan to launch terror attacks in India´s national capital New Delhi around Holi to avenge the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

The Delhi Police had arrested Shah from the Sanauli check-post on India-Nepal border near Gorakhpur city in Uttar Pradesh last month.

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