Syed Liyaqat Shah case: NIA team visits Valley

Srinagar: Continuing its investigations into former militant Syed Liyaqat Shah’s arrest, a six-member National Investigation Agency (NIA) team landed in the valley, April 11 for further probe.

The team recorded statements of Shah’s two wives, Amina Begum and Akhter-u-Nisa, and some of his acquaintances, April 12. Police is learnt to have told the team, April 13 that Shah, a former Al-Baraq militant, was returning home under government’s rehabilitation policy when he was arrested by Delhi Police. Shah, a resident of Dardpora- Lolab in border district Kupwara, was arrested by Delhi Police’s Special Cell from the India-Nepal border, March 20. Later, Delhi Police claimed that Shah along with some militants hatched a conspiracy to carry out militant attacks in New Delhi during the Holi festival to avenge Guru’s hanging. Refuting this, police claimed that Shah was a militant living in Pakistan occupied Kashmir for the past 15 years and had surrendered as part of the state’s rehabilitation policy. Ministry of Home Affairs later handed over the case to NIA.

UJC chief Syed Salahuddin, told KNS April 7 that Shah’s arrest has actually become war of credibility between various intelligence and police agencies. He claimed Shah had not gone to carry out any attack.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2013 on page no. 10

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