The Informer Who ‘Framed’ Liyaqat Shah in False Terror Case Is Now NIA’s Wanted Man



Liyaqat Shah
Liyaqat Shah

National Investigating Agency (NIA) has announced a bounty of Rs 2 lakh on the head of an informer working with Delhi Police’s Special Cell. The informer had allegedly framed former Hizbul Mujahideen militant from Kashmir Liyaqat Shah in March 2014 in a false terror case when he was returning Kashmir from the “other side” availing government’s rehabilitation policy.

The wanted man Sabir Khan Pathan alias Munna of village Gelana Madya Pradesh was working as an informer for the Special Cell of the Delhi police. He is hunted by NIA for his alleged role to help the Special Cell of Delhi police to falsely implicate Shah in a terror case.

“The NIA has learnt that it was Sabir Khan who had allegedly planted explosives in a Jama Masjid guest at Delhi,” the reports said. The Special Cell had earlier claimed that the explosives were to be used by Shah to carry out a terror strike in New Delhi. It was on these grounds Shah was detained by the Special Cell in March 2014 and showed him as a “terrorist”.

“The police went a step ahead and allegedly got Sabir Khan to plant explosives in a house which they later showed as recovery,” the reports said. After the news broke out, many plead for Shah’s innocence forcing Delhi to handover case to NIA.

Once NIA completed its investigations, it reportedly wrote to the Ministry of Home Affairs stating that action ought to be taken against several officers who were part of this case.

On the basis of these investigations, NIA filed a closure report in the Liaqat Shah case in January 2015. “The NIA absolved him (Shah) of all charges of terror slapped by the Delhi police,” the reports said. “There was a lot of controversy surrounding the case. The Delhi police had arrested him claiming that he was a Hizbul Mujahideen operative. However the Jammu and Kashmir police said that he had left for Pakistan and was returning to India under a rehabilitation programme.”


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