February 2007 News

'Interpol must help extradite Hizb chief'

18 February 2007
The Hindu

New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir police have sought the help of the Interpol in getting Hizb-ul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin extradited from Pakistan in connection with the disappearance of a Scottish tourist in the Kashmir Valley 26 years ago, highly placed sources in the State Government said. The request follows a plea by the Interpol to the police to question Salahuddin. Allison McDowell went missing in 1981, when she and another tourist from Scotland went trekking in the Sonamarg hills in north Jammu and Kashmir. After initial investigations by the police, the matter was closed after sometime as she could not be traced, the sources said. The case was reopened recently when police received a communication from Interpol in London, seeking their assistance in interrogating Salahuddin, who was described by the world police body as an Indian citizen. The move by the Interpol's London unit was based on a telephonic interview given by Salahuddin in 2000, in which he claimed responsibilities for several terrorist acts, the sources said.


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