Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today asked Home Minister
Sushil Kumar Shinde to assign the case of alleged terrorist Sayyed
Liyaqat Shah to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
police forces of Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi have vastly different
versions of why Liyaqat entered India via the Nepal border three days
The Delhi Police, which arrested him on March 20, said it
had received a tip-off in February that Liyaqat was headed to Delhi to
execute a terror strike on the instructions of the Hizbul Mujahideen.
says it intercepted Liyaqat in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and that he
then confessed that arms and ammunition were waiting for him in a guest
house in Delhi. An AK-56 assault rifle, two magazines with 30 cartridges
each and three hand grenades were later recovered by the police from
But Liyaqat's wife and the Jammu and Kashmir Police say
that he was a militant whose return to his home state had been
sanctioned by central and state government agencies as part of a
surrender and rehabilitation policy offered to those who had crossed
into Pakistan, did not participate in terror-related activities, and
wanted to resettle in Kashmir.
At a police station in Kupwara
district, 150 kms from Srinagar, Liyaqat's wife Akhtar Nisa today said
that her husband has been falsely implicated as a terrorist. She said he
travelled with her daughter and her on Pakistani passports to the Nepal
"We came through a plane upto Kathmandu. But he was
arrested at the Nepal border. They later put our luggage in a vehicle
and he (Liyaqat) was separated from us," she said.
Leader of the Opposition Mehbooba Mufti said Kashmiris are arrested
without evidence and treated as "fodder for rewards and medals."
the Delhi Police claims that it has yet to receive any written
communication from the Jammu and Kashmir police about Liyaqat's case. It
also says that if Liyaqat had been allowed to return as part of the
amnesty plan for militants, no information had been shared with Delhi
Police officials, which had informed the Home Ministry about Liyaqat's
alleged terror plan. (Read: Liyaqat was not going to surrender in Kashmir, says Delhi Police)