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J&K police to probe arrested Cop Davinder Singh’s Role in Pulwama attack

Davinder Singh, who was posted in the anti-hijacking team at the Srinagar international airport, was suspended from service on Monday

New Delhi: On Tuesday the National Investigation Agency(NIA) took over the inquiry in the case of Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Deputy Superintendent Davinder Singh was arrested on January 11 for transporting two top Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists.

The Ministry of Home Affairs approved the transfer to the NIA, following the disclosure made by Davinder Singh during his questioning to a joint team of the NIA, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the Intelligence Bureau (IB), and Jammu and Kashmir Police’s CID.

The NIA can now question Davinder Singh to find out the real intention of the terrorists and his links to Hizbul and other terrorist organizations during their past operations in the Valley.

On January 11, Jammu and Kashmir cop intercepted a car at Mir Bazaar before the Jawahar tunnel in Kulgam district and found Singh was travelling to Jammu along with two top Hizbul terrorists named Naveed Babu and Asif Ahmad and lawyer Rafi Ahmad.

The Jammu and Kashmir police had intercepted the vehicle while tracking the movements and site of Babu, a former Special Police Officer when he made a phone call to his brother.

Naveed Babu is accused in indulged in the killing of 11 people from outside Kashmir, including truck drivers and labourers in south Kashmir in October and November 2019, and forcing a shutdown in south Kashmir after the scrapping of Article 370 on August 5 last year.

All were arrested and a case initially lodged at Qazigund police station in Kulgam.

During his questioning, Davinder Singh, however, maintained that he had no link to Hizbul terrorist and that he was taking the terrorists to surrender but interrogators have dismissed his claims.

According to sources, a sum of Rs 12 lakh may have been given to Singh to move out the two Hizbul terrorist to Jammu on their way to Chandigarh and onward to Delhi to carry out attacks on or before the Republic Day.

Davinder Singh, who was posted in the anti-hijacking team at the Srinagar international airport, was suspended from service on Monday. He is likely to be stripped of all his awards, including a gallantry medal for anti-militancy operations on August 15, 2019.

However, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have clarified that “he was never awarded any gallantry or meritorious medal by the Ministry of Home Affairs as has been reported by some sections of the media”.

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