NIA To Probe Liyaqat Arrest Row

NIA To Probe Liyaqat Arrest Row

25 March 2013
Kashmir Times


New Delhi: Centre today ordered a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the circumstances leading to the arrest of suspected Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Liyaqat Shah amid conflicting versions by Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir police. 'I have asked NIA to probe the case,' Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said here. Delhi Police said they have released a sketch of a person who could be arrested terrorist Sayyed Liyaqat Shah's aide, reports said on Monday. The police also claimed that the man allegedly identified as Liyaqat's aide works for the terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. Police said the sketch has been made of a man who had checked into a guest house in Old Delhi and left an AK-56 assault rifle, two magazines with 30 cartridges each and three hand grenades there allegedly for Liyaqat. 'We had prepared the sketch on the basis of the CCTV footage and the description given by hotel staff,' a Delhi Police official said. Earlier on Saturday, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah had asked Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to hand over the case of suspected terrorist Liyaqat Shah to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) amid a row over his arrest between Delhi Police and Jammu and Kashmir Police. The arrest of 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. Delhi Police, however, 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.