NIA to Probe Liyaqat Arrest Row

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NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday ordered a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the circumstances leading to the arrest of suspected militant Liyaqat Shah amid conflicting versions by Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir police.

“I have asked NIA to probe the case,” Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said here.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had spoken to Shinde on Saturday and demanded a “speedy and time-bound” probe by NIA into the circumstances leading to the arrest of Liyaqat.

While the Delhi Police claimed that he was a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, its Jand K counterpart insisted that he was one of those who had exfiltrated in 1990s and had returned to India to surrender under the rehabilitation policy of the state government.

The sources said that a list was handed over to the Union Home Ministry which comprised names of people who had crossed over to Pakistani Kashmir  and now wanted to surrender using the Nepal route.

The list of 90 people was prepared in 2012 and included the name of Liyaqat after having been vetted by the J and K police and central security agencies.

Delhi Police contended that it had information about arrival of Liyaqat and the input was based on the intelligence generated by the force itself.

The police has also prepared a sketch of an accomplice of Liyaqat who had allegedly dumped the weapons at a guest house in Old Delhi.

NEW PIOLICY SOON:  The government proposes to unveil a national amnesty policy for former militants, be they from Kashmir or the northeast, with better coordination among security agencies, officials said Monday.

“The rehabilitation package (for former militants) has been working well. We need to look at it at a larger level along with state governments,” a senior official said on condition of anonymity.

“We need to learn from our own experiences. This case (the arrest of an ex-militant) shows we need better coordination (among police and security forces). In the next few months we will work on that,” the official said.

“So we will be reviewing and improving upon the rehab policy.” Agencies

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