Suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militant Sayyed Liaquat Shah, whose arrest sparked a controversy after the Delhi Police and the Jammu and Kashmir Police came out with conflicting versions of his intent, was remanded to 14 days in judicial custody by a court here on Saturday.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Manoj Kumar sent Liaquat, a native of Jammu and Kashmir, 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 occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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.

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