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Can't label Liyaqat either terrorist or innocent: DGP

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jammu, March 31, 2013
First Published: 20:02 IST(31/3/2013) | Last Updated: 20:03 IST(31/3/2013)

The Jammu and Kashmir Police, which have questioned the arrest of Liyaqat Shah by Delhi Police, said only investigation will prove if he (Liyaqat) was terrorist or innocent.

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"You can't label a person terrorist or innocent until the investigation is complete," said director general of police Ashok Prasad, in a brief interaction with mediapersons on the sidelines of function on Sunday.

"We are waiting for the completion of the investigation. Delhi has done its investigation and now the National  Investigation Agency (NIA) is playing its part. The picture will be clear once the NIA comes out with its findings. I am sure everyone will act according," said the DGP.
 
Liyaqat was arrested by the Delhi Police last week, claiming that he had come for a "fidayeen attack". He was arrested from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

However, his arrest was questioned by the state police, which had claimed he was returning to his home in the Valley from Pakistan via the Nepal border to surrender under the rehabilitation policy.

Chief minister Omar Abdullah had questioned his arrest and it was on his intervention the case was handed over to the NIA by the home ministry.

In an interview with private news channel, Omar had said the state and the centre were not on "cross-purposes" but the state needed an objective organistaion to look into facts and tell the truth.

Earlier, the DGP said during the past two decades of turmoil, families of police personnel had suffered a lot as many cops laid down their lives for the integrity of the state. "It was due to the sacrifices of our martyrs that peace has prevailed and people of the state felt themselves secure," said the DGP on Sunday after inaugurating 22nd Police Public Mela at police sports stadium Gulshan Ground.

In the mela 40 stalls have been established by different police units and products of different regions of the state have been put on diplay for sale to public.

He said to provide holistic support to the police families and to provide necessary assistance to the martyr's wards for their adoption in different schools within and outside the state is also on the agenda of police parivar.

Earlier, the chairperson of J&K Police parivar Kiran Prasad, briefed about the objectives for organising such melas.


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