New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday opposed the bail plea of suspected Hizbul militant Liyaqat Shah.

NIA opposed his plea saying that he has been booked under the provisions of stringent anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and for offences under various sections, including waging war against the country, of the IPC.

Liyaqat was arrested on March 20 while crossing the Indo-Nepal border in Gorakhpur with his family. Liyaqat contended that he had come to surrender under the Jammu and Kashmir government's rehabilitation policy.

During an in-chamber hearing, District Judge IS Mehta directed NIA to collect blood and hair samples of Liyaqat on Thursday. The court also reserved its order for May 17 on the bail plea of Liyaqat.

Sources said during the arguments, Liyaqat's counsel told the court that his client was returning to India via Sunauli border, one of India-Nepal crossing points near Gorakhpur, to surrender but he was arrested by the special cell of Delhi Police.

Liyaqat's counsel Asim Ali told the court that the probe agency was unable to establish his links with any crime.


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