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Mar 25, 2013 at 07:26am IST

Home Ministry to order probe in Hizbul terrorist arrest: Sources

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry will order a probe examining the two version of the arrest of alleged Hizbul terrorist Liaqat Shah, sources said on Sunday. While the Delhi Police sources said Liaqat was part of the terror plot to strike Delhi around Holi and arms and explosives were recovered at his behest, the Jammu and Kashmir government sources said Liaqat had surrendered and was returning home with his family after 15 years, when he was arrested.

Even the family of Liaqat at Lalpura, Kupwara in North Kashmir said that they had informed the authorities about his return, which was agreed upon. Kashmiri youth who had crossed over to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) in 1990s have been returning to the Valley via Nepal.

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Liyaqat's wife Akhtar Naseema said, "Liyaqat is innocent. The police has arrested him falsely. He was travelling with me. We came to Kathmandu by flight. The police arrested him when we were crossing the Nepal border. The police are lying, we didn't go to Delhi."

The family members of Liyaqat claimed that he entered into India through Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and he presented himself to border guarding force - SSB. However, instead of handing him to state Police, Liyaqat was given to Delhi Police. Jammu and Kashmir Police also said that Delhi Police had informed them about Liyaqat and claimed that he should be sent to the Valley as he was going to surrender, official sources said.

Liyaqat's arrest may now deter youths from PoK who want to shun the path of violence and join the national mainstream, the sources said. As an important in Confidence Building Measure, the state government entered into an unwritten understanding with the Union Home Ministry that any youth who had joined militant ranks in 1990s and wishing to return via Nepal would be allowed to do it provided he surrenders before army or police in the valley.

This way, the sources said, many such youths had returned quietly without any sensation being created. In many cases these returnees had helped security agencies in understanding various terror groups operating from Pakistan and PoK. Meanwhile, the opposition PDP on Saturday asked the Omar government to take up the issue with the Centre.

Seeking transparency in the rehabilitation policy for the return of local youth from across the border, party president Mehbooba Mufti demanded a white paper on the Kashmiri prisoners languishing in different jails in the country. She also sought to know the charges being faced by them.