Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh, who has so far backed the Delhi Police's theory of Shah being a dangerous Hizbul terrorist, for the first time indicated that he might be given benefit of doubt.
"During the investigation if it is proved that he was going to surrender, our effort will be to help him and his family," Singh said.
According to Delhi Police, Liaqat was planning terror attack in crowded places of the city on the eve of Holi and was arrested from Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur district on March 20 while he was heading for the national capital from Karachi. On his tip-off an AK-56 rifle, two loaded magazines, three hand grenades and explosive substance were recovered from a guesthouse in Delhi's Jama Masjid area.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police claimed that Shah was going to surrender before them when he was arrested.