Probe likely into Hizb terrorist arrest

The Union Home Ministry is mulling over a probe into the controversial arrest of Liyaqat Ali Shah, suspected to be a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, by Delhi Police.

The conflicting versions of Delhi Police and Jammu and Kashmir Police over Shah’s credentials are being examined by MHA after a row erupted. The Delhi Police also released the sketch of a second Hizb ultra allegedly linked to the “fidayeen” (suicide attack) plot here.

The J&K police maintain Shah was a militant who surrendered as part of rehabilitation policy and was headed to Kashmir. The Delhi Police is understood to have submitted a report to the MHA detailing its investigations.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said he will examine the case on Monday. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had spoken to Shinde seeking an NIA probe and said Shah was on his way to J&K to surrender. “I will examine the case after my return to Delhi and then I will see whether a probe could be ordered or what course of action could be taken in the case,” Shinde said. He made it clear that no probe has been ordered so far.

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