Omar seeks NIA's probe over Liyaqat

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 24, 2013 07:33 hrs

New Delhi/ Srinagar, Mar 24 (IBNS): Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday asked Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to hand over the case of suspected terrorist Sayyed Liyaqat Shah to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) amid a row over his arrest between Delhi Police and Jammu and Kashmir Police, reports said.

The arrest of suspected terrorist Liyaqat Shah has 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 Liyaqat was returning to Kashmir to surrender.

"We made it clear to the family that we could accept only the surrender of the militants who return from Pakistan and PoK, alone or along with their families, through the routes designated in the 2010 surrender-cum-rehabilitation policy of the State government. We made it clear to them that Nepal and Gorakhpur routes are not covered in the policy," top ranking sources in the J&K Police told The Hindu.

"But when they insisted, we decided to accept his surrender with the condition that he would not be entitled to the benefits of the surrender policy. Thereafter, we kept waiting for him till we got the news of his arrest by Delhi Police," the sources had said.

While Omar demanded NIA probe, Leader of the Opposition in Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti said Kashmiris are being arrested without any evidence.

The president of the Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party said Kashmiris are being used as fodder for medals and rewards.

The Delhi Police on Friday said Liyaqat 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 Jammu and Kashmir government had also sought details about Liyaqat´s arrest from the Delhi Police.

Speaking at the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, state Home Minister Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo said: ´´An officer of the rank of Superintendent of Police in Jammu & Kashmir Police cell in Delhi has been deputed to find out from Delhi Police as to how they were claiming that he had planned to carry out fidayeen attacks in the capital."

Arrested terrorist Liyaqat was a Hizbul Mujahideen member on the job of finding targets in Delhi for fidayeen attack, said Delhi Police Special Commissioner SN Srivastava at a press conference on Friday.

Srivastava said Liyaqat was staying in Pakistan where he went in 1997 and since then had been there getting training but crossed over to India occasionally.

"He is definitely Pakistan trained. Interrogation is on, probe is underway. We do not want to say it all now. We will share all these things in due course of time," he had said.

Liyaqat was arrested when he came over to Gorakhpur.

Police said contrary to some reports he had not surrendered but arrested.

"We are still trying to find his terrorist activities. He is a militant since 1993," said Srivastava.

Police said raids were conducted on the basis of the information coughed up by the arrested terrorist.

The arrested terrorist had a Pakistani passport, said police adding that they have busted a Hizbul Mujahideen module.

Police said according to their intelligence tip-off the group in India is trying to avenge the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru´s hanging.

The Delhi Police´s Special Cell recovered huge cache of explosives and weapons from a guest house near Jama Masjid in New Delhi. Several AK-47 rifles were recovered too.

Police have got 15 day custody of the arrested militant.

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