Home Ministry To Order Probe Into Arrest Of Sayyed Liyaqat Shah

Home Ministry To Order Probe Into Arrest Of Sayyed Liyaqat Shah

24 March 2013
The Economic Times
Aman Sharma and Masood Hussain

New Delhi: The Union home ministry will order a probe into the arrest of Sayyed Liyaqat Shah, alleged conspirator of a terror plot as per Delhi Police but is an ex-militant returning under the rehab policy, according to the Jammu & Kashmir police. The ministry, caught in the embarrassing exchange of words between the Delhi Police and J&K Police, has decided to revise the standard operating procedure of handling former militants returning to J&K. The case registered by the Delhi Police is set to be transferred to the National Investigation Agency on J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah's request. It is known that Pakistan prevents ex-militants to return for fear that they may give details on terror infrastructure in Pakistanoccupied Kashmir. Though the policy designated four entry points for ex-militants to return - Slamabad (Uri), Chankan-da-Bagh (Poonch), Attari (Punjab) or Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi - none of the 241 men who returned took them. All 241 ex-militants, including 113 who brought along families, came from Karachi to India via Kathmandu. The J&K Police say Shah was doing the same by flying from Karachi to Kathmandu on a Pakistani passport with his second wife Akhtar-Un-Nisa and her daughter, after formally applying for rehab with Srinagar, on February 5, 2011. J&K officials say ex-militants inform the state police and then destroy papers in Kathmandu before entering India. A Delhi Police statement admits Shah was travelling with his family but questions why he destroyed his Pakistani passport. 'Fake Pakistani passports were arranged by Shah's handlers in Pakistan and he was instructed to destroy all his passports upon arrival in Kathmandu so that when he and his family entered India, there would be no evidence of any Pakistani connection,' a Delhi Police statement said. Police say Shah confessed he was to supervise a suicide attack in Delhi and led police to find arms and explosives waiting in Jama Masjid area. 'NIA will probe whether the arms and explosives is linked to Shah and study the circumstances of the arrest,' an official said.