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NIA clean chit to a person held by Delhi Police for ‘terror’

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New Delhi: In an embarrassment to Delhi Police, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has given a clean chit to Liaquat Shah who had been arrested by it and labelled as a terrorist two years back.

The NIA, instead, named absconder Sabir Khan as the main accused who had allegedly planted weapons on Shah to project him as a militant of the banned Hizbul Mujahideen.

Ironically, according to chargesheet filed by NIA in a special court, the address of Khan alias ‘Pathan’ as mentioned in a lodge in old Delhi as well as for his SIM card was “Barrack NO. 2, Special Cell Niwas, BG 21, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi”.

The NIA, while absolving Shah of terror charges, has also submitted the report to Ministry to Home Affairs seeking permission for carrying out investigations against two Delhi Police officials for allegedly “conspiring” to target Shah.

Shah was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police on March 20, 2013 while he was returning from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir to the Kashmir Valley via Nepal and he was projected as a terrorist of Hizbul Mujahideen who had come to carry out strikes in the national capital.

Jammu and Kashmir police had protested the arrest, saying Shah was returning home as per the state government’s policy of allowing people, who had ex-filtrated to PoK in early 1990s, to come back.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who had flagged the issue about his arrest with the Union Home Ministry, welcomed the NIA move and said “at least I am happy that truth has finally come out and I hope that security agencies do not target Kashmiris to achieve their ulterior motives.”

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