On a close reading of the case, it appears that the Delhi police have got this case a bit muddled up. Sources say that it would be a face saving exercise from now on and the issue will be given a quiet burial once the National Investigation Agency takes over the case. Even though the Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde has said that the NIA would take over the case, it would be quite sometime before the hand over actually happens. The Delhi police would try and put up a case to ensure that it does not lose face.
The entire case when read suggests that Shah was a retired militant who was not part of the wanted list in Jammu and Kashmir. The first issue that is being disputed is whether the Delhi police arrested him or had this person surrendered at the Nepal border. It is said that they approached the Sashastra Seema Bal officers at the Sanauli check post and Shah was not alone. There were eight others including his wife at that time.
The other point of contention is whether Shah was part of the rehabilitation programme which has been introduced by the Jammu and Kashmir government. The government had offered immunity to those wanting to return from Pakistan and surrender.
The Delhi police on the other hand claim that they had this man on the radar through their intelligence and he had used the surrender option to make an entry into India. We were in touch with the SSB officials and once this man came in we were tipped off about the same. While the Delhi police managed to lay their hands on Shah, there is still no clarity about the rest of the persons with him as is being claimed by the Jammu and Kashmir police.
The Delhi police maintain that Shah had planned a revenge attack following the hanging of Afzal Guru. We have drawn out a sketch of his associate with the help of CCTV footage. This is the person who had done the logistics at the behest of Shah and had also parked the arms.
While the Delhi police continues to remain sure about this case, the Jammu and Kashmir police on the other hand have a different version. They do agree that he was part of the Hizbul Mujahideen, but that was way back in the year 1996. He crossed over to Pakistan in 1997 and there has been no record of any militant activity since then. There was no information on him and it was recently that an FIR was lodged against him and 29 others. However this particular FIR does not make any mention of militant activity. It is very general in nature and only speaks about missing persons including Shah.
The case appears to be a contradictory one, but many would believe that the case of the Delhi police is not very strong. They are desperately joining the dots to show that they have not made this arrest to show a hit, a source said. However the Home Ministry is very serious about handing the case over to the NIA.