Cops Stick To Hizbul Mujahideen Claim, Sayyed Liyaqat Shah In Judicial Custody

Cops Stick To Hizbul Mujahideen Claim, Sayyed Liyaqat Shah In Judicial Custody

30 March 2013
Times of India


New Delhi: Despite its claim being questioned in many quarters, Delhi Police on Saturday maintained before a Delhi court that Sayyed Liyaqat Shah is a Hizbul Mujahideen militant who wanted to carry out large-scale strikes in the capital. A city court then remanded Shah, booked for waging war against the country, in 14 days' judicial custody. Chief metropolitan magistrate Manoj Kumar sent the 45-year-old resident of Jammu and Kashmir to Tihar Jail till April 12 after cops requested that the accused be sent to jail as they do not need to quiz him anymore in their custody. Shah had been questioned since March 21 by the special cell of Delhi Police. Police have submitted that Shah was apprehended on March 20 from the Indo-Nepal border area and has revealed that he is a trained militant of the banned terror group Hizbul Mujahideen and was settled in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Cops also said that in January 2013, Shah and his associate Manzoor, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, were directed by top Hizb leaders to carry out attacks in Delhi. Cops also claimed that upon Ali's disclosure, a huge cache of arms, hand grenades, explosives and other incriminating material was recovered from a guesthouse in the Jama Masjid area. Ali's associates were still missing, cops said. A case has been registered under IPC 120B(criminal conspiracy), 121 (waging war against Indian government), 121A (conspiracy to commit offences against the State) and 123 (concealing with intent to facilitate design to wage war). Shah's arrest has generated conflicting versions from the Delhi and J&K police. While Delhi Police has claimed that Shah had planned a fidayeen attack in the capital before Holi to avenge hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, its J-K counterpart insisted that he had surrendered under the state's rehabilitation policy.