Liaqat Gets 14-Day Judicial Remand

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NEW DELHI: Syed Liaquat Shah of Kashmir, whose arrest for an alleged terror plot has sparked off a row between the police in Delhi and J&K, was remanded to 14 days in judicial custody by a court here on Saturday.

According to Shah’s family, he was picked up in Gorakhpur while returning from PaK to the Valley via Nepal to avail of the Jammu and Kashmir’s government’s rehabilitation policy for militants.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Manoj Kumar sent Shah to Tihar Central Jail till April 12 after he was produced in the court, nearly a week before the expiry of his 15-day police remand.

In its remand application, the Delhi Police prayed that he be sent to judicial custody as they did not require him for interrogation.

“The investigation has not been completed yet. The accused (Liaquat) is remanded to judicial custody till April 12,” the CMM said.

He was allegedly arrested by the Delhi Police on March 20 from near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh after he crossed over to India from Nepal. In their remand application, the police said that during his interrogation , Liaquat allegedly disclosed that he was a trained militant of banned terror group Hizbul Mujahideen and had settled in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered- Kashmir (PaK).

The police said that in January, Liaquat and his alleged associate, Manzoor, purportedly a native of Jammu and Kashmir too, were allegedly directed to carry out terrorist attacks in Delhi. The police also claimed to have recovered a consignment of arms, hand-grenades, and other incriminating material from a guest house in Jama Masjid area here. The police said that they are yet to find Manzoor.

However, the Jammu and Kashmir Police claimed that they were aware of his plan to surrender to them, and had been allegedly informed of it by his family members. On March 22, Liaquat had broken down before the media and alleged that he was being framed by the Delhi Police in the case. Agencies


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