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Terror suspect Liyaqat alleges torture by police

PTI  New Delhi, April 26, 2013
First Published: 00:06 IST(26/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:07 IST(26/4/2013)

Suspected Hizbul militant Liyaqat Shah on Thursday alleged before a court here that he was beaten up and tortured by officers of the special cell of Delhi Police in custody after his arrest.

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During an in-chamber proceeding, Shah was produced before district judge IS Mehta on Thursday, after expiry of his judicial custody, where he told the judge that he had been beaten by the police and had not been able to sleep properly for the last one week or so due to the assault, court sources said.

The court then apparently asked the superintendent of Tihar Jail, where Sah is lodged currently, to present before it the medical report of the accused by Friday.

During the hearing, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) sought five days of police remand of Shah, claiming that he had to be taken to the Sunauli border, one of India-Nepal crossing points near Gorakhpur, from where he was allegedly arrested by the special cell of Delhi Police, sources said.

The court said it would hear NIA's plea for police custody of Shah after going through the medical records of the accused.Earlier, the special NIA court had sent Shah to judicial custody till Thursday after a magisterial court here had refused to hear the matter.

The Delhi Police had arrested 45-year-old Shah on March 20 and claimed that he was trying to carry out terror attacks in the capital.

The Home Ministry had on March 28 issued a notification facilitating NIA to take over the case related to Shah after his arrest had generated conflicting versions from Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir Police.


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