Liyaqat Sent on 5 Days Remand

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Liyaqat Shah, suspected Hizbul militant, was on Friday remanded to five days in NIA custody by a court in New Delhi in connection with a case registered against him by the Delhi Police for allegedly conspiring to carry out terror attacks.

As per Delhi based wire agencies Shah was produced before District Judge I S Mehta and the court allowed NIA’s plea and remanded him to its custody till May 1. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had yesterday moved the court seeking five-day custody of Shah saying that they need to take him to Sunauli border, one of India-Nepal crossing points near Gorakhpur, from where he was allegedly arrested by the special cell of Delhi Police on March 20.

Earlier, the special NIA court had sent Shah to judicial custody after a magisterial court had refused to hear the case on the ground that his case has been transferred to NIA.

The Home Ministry had on March 28 issued a notification facilitating NIA to take over the case related to Shah after his arrest had generated conflicting versions from Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir police. On April 2, NIA was allowed by the court to interrogate Shah in Tihar Jail till April 30.

Meanwhile a team of NIA is also in Kashmir to take statements of Shah’s family.

While Delhi Police claimed that with Shah’s arrest they had foiled a ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) attack in the Indian capital ahead of Holi but JK police refute the claims and said Shah was one of those who had exfiltrated in 1990s and returned to India to surrender under the state’s rehabilitation policy.

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