New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday spoke to Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and demanded that the case of arrest of an alleged Hizbul Mujahdeen terrorist by Delhi Police be transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for a "time-bound speedy probe". The Chief Minister took up the matter with Shinde over phone as the latter was away in Maharashtra with President Pranab Mukherjee.
"I have spoken to him and asked for a speedy and time-bound probe by the NIA to establish the facts in this case," Omar said in New Delhi. A controversy broke over the arrest of Liyaqat Shah by the Delhi Police, which claimed that he was a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist who had come to the national capital to plan a suicide attack. However, the charges were contested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police saying that he was returning to the Valley for surrendering.
Even the family of Liyaqat at Lalpura, Kupwara in North Kashmir said that they had informed the authorities about his return, which was agreed upon. The family members of Liyaqat claimed that he entered into India through Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and he presented himself to border guarding force - the SSB. However, instead of handing him to state police, Liyaqat was given to the Delhi Police. Jammu and Kashmir Police also said that the 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.
Take up Liyaqat issue with the Centre, PDP asks Omar
The opposition party in Jammu and Kashmir, the PDP, on Saturday asked the Omar Abdullah government to take up with the Centre the issue related to the arrest of Syed Liyaqat Shah.
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.