Liyaqat Was Framed, Reveals NIA Probe

21 June 2014
Greater Kashmir
Shabir Ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: The investigations by National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the arrest of former HizbulMujahideen militant Syed Liyaqat Shah have revealed that Shah was falsely implicated by the Delhi Police's Special Cell. Shah was arrested by the Special Cell on March 20 last year from Sanauli at the Indo-Nepal border on charges of conspiring to carry out 'terror attacks' in the New Delhi. The former Hizbul militant had arrived at Indo-Nepal border with his wife and daughter from Pakistan under the state government's rehabilitation policy. He had lived in Pakistan for 17 years after crossing the Line of Control (LoC) in the early 90s. However, his arrest sparked off controversy and the case was handed over to NIA by the Union Home Ministry. Official sources said that during the investigations NIA has found that an informer of police, whom they identified as SabirPathan, had planted arms and ammunition in the Jamia Masjid area guesthouse. 'The informer is untraceable. He (informer) has been declared proclaimed offender and a hunt has been launched to trace him,' sources said adding that hunt is on to nab him. 'Scientific evidence that included DNA sampling found that the arms were planted by Pathan,' sources said adding that statements recorded from the people and the clarifications from JK Police revealed that Liyaqat has nothing do with the arms recovered from the guesthouse. 'While Delhi Police had claimed that with Liyaqat's arrest they had foiled a 'Fidayeen' (suicide) attack in the national capital ahead of Holi, the JK Police insisted that Shah was one of those who had exfiltrated in 1990s and returned to India to surrender under the state government's rehabilitation policy,' sources said adding that JK Police had fully supported the claims of the family of Liyaqat. Inspector General of Police, Ramasastrai, who is the spokesman of NIA told Greater Kashmir that he would not comment over the issue.