Liyaqat surrender: NIA finds fault with J&K govt

Shah’s first wife had filed a petition in February 2011 for his surrender with the J&K police.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published: April 4, 2013 1:21:52 am

Apart from the poor coordination among central agencies,the NIA probe into the arrest of the surrendered Hizbul Mujahideen militant Liyaqat Ali Shah has revealed that the J&K administration had not informed the Kupwara police about his surrender petition.

Shah’s first wife had filed a petition in February 2011 for his surrender with the J&K police. But it has been found that the Kupwara police told their Delhi counterparts that Shah is wanted in several terror plots.

The move to arrest Shah started when the Delhi Police special cell got a tip-off that Shah is coming to India to carry out fidayeen attack. When the special cell team reached Sanauli border,the Sashastra Seema Bal refused to hand over Shah. After the Delhi police commissioner informed the Union Home Secretary R K Singh that they suspect Shah was misusing the J&K government’s rehabilitation policy,he was handed over to the police.

When the special cell contacted the Kupwara police,they were told that Shah is wanted in several terror strikes in the valley. The J&K police had registered a case naming Shah and 18 others in March 2011. This led the Delhi police to claim that Shah is a wanted militant.

But when the Delhi police claimed that they have recovered arms and explosives from a guest house in Old Delhi at the instance of Shah,the J&K police top brass said Shah was on his way to surrender.

NIA officials said a probe to establish the source of arms,explosives and grenade is under way.

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