NIA questions J&K Police DSP Davinder Singh in Srinagar

Cheryl Sanders
January 15, 2020

Immediately, police teams were sent to various places, including Singh's residence from where two pistols and an AK rifle were seized.

It is intriguing as to why the top brass of the police and the central and state intelligence agencies remained silent on the alleged role of the DSP in the terror attack on the Parliament although the mastermind of the attack Afzal Guru had in a letter to his lawyer in 2004 is reported to have written that how Davinder Singh, who was at that time posted in the special operations group (SOG) of the police had asked him to take Muhammad, a co-accused in the Parliament attack, to Delhi, rent a flat for his stay, and purchase a auto for him.

Singh, who joined the J&K Police as sub-inspector, rose through ranks and became a DSP despite not having an unblemished carrier.

Police officers said they believe Mushtaq was involved in the killing of 11 apple traders, drivers and labourers a year ago.

On January 11, he was caught travelling with two militants on the Srinagar-Jammu highway, en route to Delhi.

The officer is Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh, who was arrested from Mir Bazar in Kulgam district, along with terrorists belonging to the banned outfit Hizbul Mujahideen - Naveed Baba who was its district commander, and Altaf - and an unidentified lawyer who was working as an overground worker for terror outfits. Guru was later convicted for his part in the attack and hanged.

But back then, both the state police and the intelligence agencies had dismissed those allegations as a figment of imagination of a terrorist's mind.

In 2013, Afzal Guru, the prime accused in the 2001 Parliament attack case, had claimed that Singh had asked him to accompany one of the attackers to Delhi and arrange his stay there.

In a separate incident, three members of the Hizbul Mujahideen group, including their top commander, Hamad Khan, were killed in a gun battle in Kashmir on Sunday, Kumar said.

Davinder Singh had also received Rs 12 lakh from the terrorists to ferry them to Jammu and then Chandigarh for their onward journey to New Delhi, IG (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar told. The police force removed the two officers from service, without revealing if they were charged with any crime, while the army has remained quiet about the status and fate of the detained soldiers.

"We have done it in the past in many cases and now in this particular case where it has caught its own officer on its own input and action and would continue to abide by our code of conduct and the Law of the Land which is the same for everyone", said J&K police in a series of tweets. However, the angle was probed and could not be substantiated with any evidence, the officials said. But the circumstances under which he was arrested yesterday when he was driving the vehicle with militants towards Jammu is a heinous crime.

He added that Singh would be treated as a rebel and jointly interrogated by all the intelligence agencies.

Davinder Singh reportedly has two properties in Srinagar and one in Jammu.

Last week, he was among the officers who received New Delhi-based foreign envoys of 15 countries who came to visit the region now under a communications and security lockdown. He has been involved in police and civilian killings and threatening orchardists.

The police on Tuesday denied that the officer was conferred the President's Police Medal for Gallantry.

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