Liyaqat not involved in any killing: JK Police tells NIA
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Apr 13: Jammu and Kashmir Police is learnt to have told the National Investigation Agency (NIA) team on Saturday that Syed Liyaqat Shah was returning to Kashmir under the Government’s rehabilitation policy when he was arrested by the Delhi Police on March 20.
The Police have also communicated to the NIA even though Shah was a former militant he had “not killed anybody”.
The NIA team probing the arrest of Liyaqat Saturday visited Lolab where they met Kupwara District Police, Liyaqat’s family and two former militants who returned from Pakistan recently under the State Government’s Rehabilitation Policy.
Liyaqat, a resident of Dardpora village of Lolab in Kupwara, was arrested by Delhi Police’s Special Cell from the Sanauli check-post on India-Nepal border near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh on March 20.
“They (NIA team) met us and family of Liyaqat,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Kupwara, Muhammad Irshad told Greater Kashmir. However he refused to share further details.
Police sources said four members of NIA team headed by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Anurag Tankha reached Kupwara in the morning. They met SP Kupwara, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sogam and former Station House Officer (SHO) Lalpora, Showkat Ahmad Mir (Presently posted as SHO Sheeri).
The team members held threadbare discussions with police officials, sources said.
“Police categorically told the NIA team that Liyaqat was not involved in killing of any civilian or security force personnel during his tenure as Al-Baraq militant,” sources said.
They said Liyaqat had crossed Line of Control in 1992 and returned a year later. He again crossed LoC in 1997, sources said.
“During four years (from 1993 to 1996) Liyaqat was an active militant of Al-Barq but he was not involved in any killing. Except for crossing LoC, Liyaqat has no other case registered against him,” police told the NIA team.
Later the NIA team drove to Police station Lalpora, Lolab. “They were provided Xerox copies of FIR registered against Liyaqat,” sources said adding that two persons from area, who have returned under rehabilitation policy also, met NIA team. “The returnees were asked to explain the procedure of their return,” sources added.
From Lalpora, the team members accompanied by SP Kupwara visited the residence of Liyaqat in Dardpora area. “They recorded the statements of Liyaqat’s wife and brother,” sources said adding that the family expressed full faith in NIA and hoped that Liyaqat would be released soon.
The Ministry for Home Affairs had ordered NIA probe after taking note of the different version presented by the JK Police and Delhi police vis-à-vis Liyaqat’s arrest.
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