The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is all set to question senior officers of Delhi police special cell to know about the source of intelligence inputs on the basis of which they arrested alleged Kashmiri militant Liaquat Shah.
The probe into the arrest seems to be heading the way of Ishrat Jahan case in which the CBI is checking the veracity of intelligence inputs on the basis of which Ishrat and three others were killed in an encounter in Ahmedabad.
“The NIA has summoned senior officials of the special cell, including its deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, for examination in this regard. The NIA will soon record their statements,” said a source.
Sources said in Liaquat’s case, besides intelligence input, recovery of arms and ammunition allegedly at his instance is also under scanner.
Liaquat Shah, a suspected Hizbul militant, was arrested by the Delhi police on March 20 from Sanauli at Indo-Nepal border.
He had arrived with his third wife and a daughter from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) where he was living for the past 17 years after crossing the Line of Control in the early 90s.
The Delhi police had claimed that Liaquat was allegedly conspiring to carry out terror attacks in the national Capital. But his family and the Jammu and Kashmir government said he had come back to surrender before the authorities under the rehabilitation policy for former militants in the Valley.
After the Jammu and Kashmir government officially took up the matter with the Central government, Union home ministry ordered a probe by the NIA in the case. Shah was released on bail two months later, pending final outcome of the NIA probe.
The Delhi police insisted that its officials had recovered arms and ammunition, including three grenades and an assault rifle, at the instance of Liaquat from Jama Masjid area.
“The current direction of the NIA probe may affect the morale of the Delhi police special cell. There are many issues that need clarification before a final clean chit to Liaquat,” said a counter-terror official, requesting anonymity.