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Davinder Singh case: NIA arrests LoC trade body chief Tanveer Wani

The sixth and the latest person to be arrested by NIA, in this case, is the former president of the LoC Traders’ Association Tanveer Ahmed Wani. 

New Delhi| The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested the former president of Cross-LoC Trade Association in connection with its probe against suspended J&K police officer Davinder Singh, who was caught red-handed escorting terrorists out of the Kashmir Valley last month.

The agency arrested Tanvir Ahmed Wani in Delhi on Wednesday and has now taken him to Jammu on a two-day remand where it is probing the Davinder case.

So far, six people have been arrested in this case.

Sources said as LoC trade association chief, Wani had allegedly provided funds to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen operative Naveed Mushtaq alias Babu. Mushtaq had been arrested along with Davinder, a Deputy Superintendent, by J&K Police in Kulgam while he was travelling in Davinder’s car to Jammu.

Wani is suspected to have acted as a middleman between entities in Pakistan and operatives of the Hizb and Lashkar-e-Taiba for transfer of funds.

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Davinder was arrested on January 11 in Kulgam while he was ferrying Naveed, who is known to be a close aide of Hizb commander Riyaz Naikoo, his accomplice Asif and lawyer Irfan Mir to Jammu in his car.

A team led by DIG Atul Goel had flagged the i10 car on Srinagar-Jammu highway based on intelligence inputs that Naveed was travelling in the car. Later, NIA arrested Naveed’s brother Irfan Mushtaq who is pursuing a PhD course in Punjab.

Sources said it was through Irfan’s phone that agencies learnt about Naveed’s movement.

“Irfan’s phone had been put on surveillance. The chatter revealed Naveed’s plan to leave for Jammu in an i10 car on January 11. Davinder was a chance arrest, albeit not shocking,” the officer said.

After initial investigations by the J&K Police, the case was handed to the NIA.

Police sources said that the two terrorists and the lawyer had planned of travelling to Pakistan after reaching Jammu.

Singh was earlier shifted from Srinagar to Jammu on a transit remand where an NIA team questioned him. After his arrest by the J&K police, multiple raids were conducted at his house in Srinagar.

Davinder Singh was posted with the anti-hijacking wing of J&K Police in Srinagar and was part of the security staff that had received a group of foreign diplomats who visited Kashmir.

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