Witnesses have told National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths that a person seen in and around the office of Delhi Police’s special cell for the past eight years allegedly planted the arms and ammunition at a guest house that were later shown as recovered at the instance of former Kashmiri militant Liyaqat Ali Shah.
“Investigators suspect that a person named Sabir Khan Pathan, who had been seen in and around the Lodhi colony office of the special cell for the past eight years, planted arms and ammunition at a guest house in the Jama Masjid area. Witnesses have seen moving him around the special cell office and in the guest house. The NIA sleuths managed to find Sabir’s photograph from the album of a marriage he attended in Madhya Pradesh a few years back,” said a home ministry official.
The Delhi Police had claimed that an associate of Liyaqat had left the arms and ammunition in the guest house.
Liyaqat Ali Shah was arrested by the Delhi Police special cell on March 20 from Sanauli on the Indo-Nepal border. He had been living in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir for the past 17 years.
The Delhi Police claimed that Liyaqat was allegedly conspiring to carry out terror attacks in the national capital. But his family and the Jammu and Kashmir government claimed that he had returned to surrender under the rehabilitation policy for former militants.
The NIA on Monday examined deputy commissioner of police Sanjeev Yadav in connection with the probe.
Sources say the first clue in the case came after the NIA tracked down the mobile number of Sabir. “Sabir had given the special cell barrack as his address to obtain the mobile number. Investigators have tallied his movement by tracking the location of his mobile phone,” said the official.
Sabir is missing ever since his name figured in the investigation. The NIA has got a non-bailable warrant issued against him.