New Delhi: Days after controversy erupted over arrest of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Liyaqat Ali Shah, the Home Ministry has asked the National Investigating Agency (NIA) to probe into the matter.

The development comes after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah wrote Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde requesting to assign the case to the NIA.

The need for NIA probe appeared after the Delhi Police and J&K Police gave contradictory versions over the Liyaqat’s arrest. The Special Cell of the Delhi Police has claimed that it had foiled a 'fidayeen (suicide) strike' in the national capital with the arrest of Shah, who, they claimed, was a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist who planned attacks to avenge Afzal Guru's hanging.

Jammu and Kashmir Police have supported the claims of Shah's family that he was a former militant who had surrendered before SSB at the Sanauli check -post on the Nepal border and was part of a group returning from Pakistan- occupied Kashmir (PoK) as part of the rehabilitation policy of the Jammu and Kashmir government.
As an important confidence building measure, the state government had entered into an understanding with the Home Ministry that any youth who had joined terrorist groups in 1990s and wishing to return via Nepal would be allowed to do so provided he surrenders before the army or police in the Valley.
Nearly 150 former militants have returned to Jammu and Kashmir from PoK via Nepal in 2011 and around 115 in 2012.


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