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Liaquat case: NIA submits report on role of Special Cell officers

In this March 22, 2013 photo, Delhi Police personnel escort ‘Hizbul Mujahideen militant’ Liaquat Shah, in New Delhi. The NIA has absolved Mr. Shah of all terror charges.

In this March 22, 2013 photo, Delhi Police personnel escort ‘Hizbul Mujahideen militant’ Liaquat Shah, in New Delhi. The NIA has absolved Mr. Shah of all terror charges.  



The National Investigation Agency, which exonerated a Jammu and Kashmir resident whom the Delhi Police Special Cell had arrested about two years ago for allegedly being a Hizb-ul Mujahideen member, has submitted a report to the Union Home Ministry on the role of some Special Cell officers in the case.

The MHA may soon initiate action against the officers indicted in the NIA report. The agency had recently filed a charge sheet against Special Cell informer Sabir Khan Pathan for allegedly planting weapons and explosions at an Old Delhi guesthouse to implicate Sayyad Liaquat Shah, a resident of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir.

The agency has obtained DNA fingerprinting report allegedly linking Pathan to the guesthouse room from where an AK-56 rifle and hand-grenades were purportedly seized by the Special Cell. Based on phone call records, the NIA charge sheet alleges that Pathan was in regular touch with Head Constable Mohammad Iqbal Dar, Inspector Sanjay Dutt, Inspector Rahul Singh, Head Constable Manish and one Gulvir Singh of the Special Cell during the “staged” operation.

In the charge sheet, the NIA has alleged that well before Liaquat crossed over to India via Nepal border, Special DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav was in touch with one Aslam Haqla who was to bring Liaquat and another group back to India from Nepal.

The Sashastra Seema Bal, which intercepted the group on March 20, 2013, had handed Liaquat over to Delhi Police Inspector Dharmender Kumar. The NIA has reconstructed the sequence of events purportedly leading to Liaquat's arrest on charges of his involvement in terror activities.

The agency has also found that Liaquat's first wife Ameena Begum had submitted an application at the Senior Superintendent of Police office in Kupwara in Feb 2011 under the surrender-cum- rehabilitation policy of the Jammu and Kashmir government for former militants. He was on his way to surrender, according to the NIA charge sheet.

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