BJP protests outside J&K assembly on NC's resolution over Liyaqat issue
Jammu, March 26, 2013
First Published: 14:51 IST(26/3/2013)
Last Updated: 14:53 IST(26/3/2013)
Legislators of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday protested outside Jammu and Kashmir state assembly against the Omar Abdullah-led government and the National Conference for their stance on arrest of Liyaqat Ali Shah, who Delhi Police claim is a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist.
Led by leader of BJP legislative party Ashok Khajuria, the MLAs came out in droves and shouted anti-government slogans.
Khajuria criticised Abdullah for not considering Shah as a militant.
"They give amnesty to militants and baton charge the unemployed youth who stage protest. We feel that Liyaqat is a militant and he should be considered as a militant and nothing should be written in his favour. It is a shame that the head of the state (Omar Abdullah) says in the assembly that Liyaqat is not a militant," said Khajuria.
Abdullah had earlier questioned the Delhi police's role in arrest of Shah.
"The Delhi police say that he (Shah) had come to New Delhi to plot a militant attack on a shopping mall. The Jammu and Kashmir police refuse to accept this viewpoint. This man was coming back as per a rehabilitation policy and had appropriate permissions about which we knew. If a man would come to a place to plot a militant attack, would he do so accompanied by family? I fail to understand this," he said.
"Shah was not going to carry out terror attacks in New Delhi, as he was not holding a gun in his hand...instead; he was holding the hands of his wife and his daughter," he added.
Meanwhile, the ministry of home affairs on Monday ordered National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the arrest of Liyaqat Ali Shah.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police had supported the claims of Shah's family that he was a former militant who had already surrendered and was part of a group returning from Pakistan- occupied Kashmir as part of the rehabilitation policy.
The special cell of Delhi Police on the contrary has claimed that it had foiled a suicide attack in the national capital with Shah's arrest, who they claimed, was a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist who planned attacks in the national capital.
Shah's arrest triggered a controversy after the Omar Abdullah government and the state police contradicted Delhi