NIA finds Liyaqat crossed over with family, SSB verified his claim with J&K Police

FPDelhi Police accused him of planning terror strikes

The National Investigation Agency, probing the arrest of alleged Hizbul Mujahideen operative Syed Liyaqat Ali Shah, is learnt to have found substantial evidence that contradicts the Delhi Police Special Cell's claim that they nabbed him from near Gorakhpur on March 20.

An NIA team accompanied Liyaqat to the India-Nepal border at Sunauli, in UP's Maharajganj district, on Sunday. Sources said the Sashastra Seema Bal at the Sunauli checkpost told NIA officials that 12 Kashmiris, including Liyaqat, his wife and step-daughter, had crossed over from Nepal on March 19. The group said they were on their way from PoK to Kashmir as part of the J&K government's rehabilitation scheme.

After reportedly verifying the group's claim with the J&K Police, the SSB arranged to send them to Jammu. But, sources said, the SSB received a communication from the Delhi Police asking them to hand over Liyaqat.

The NIA also examined video footage of CCTV cameras installed at Sunauli checkpost which captured images of Liyaqat and the others.

Announcing Liyaqat's arrest on March 22, the Delhi Police claimed to have foiled a plot to carry out terror strikes in the capital.

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