Wahid Bhat | Ground Report
Ongoing investigations against Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh, who has been arrested for helping terrorists travel out of J&K, will also probe if the officer had any involvement in the 2001 Parliament attack.
“Aspects can be looked into if anything comes to light. There’s no bar to any aspect being looked into. Like the adviser to the Governor said, black sheep can be found anywhere. Be it anybody, we don’t spare anyone involved in unlawful acts,” Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbagh Singh as saying.
We have already recommended an NIA probe into the matter as things of wider magnitude may come out,’’ Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said on Wednesday.
While Davinder Singh has been suspended, the DGP said they had recommended his dismissal from service. He said they had also recommended that the gallantry medal awarded to Davinder Singh, by the erstwhile J&K state in 2018, should be taken back.
Responding to a question, the DGP said they were also open to a probe into Davinder Singh’s alleged role in the 2001 Parliament attack. “If that issue also comes up during ongoing investigations, it can also be probed,’’ he said.
The case against the disgraced officer, which was earlier probed by Jammu and Kashmir Police, has been handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
In the past, it was alleged that Singh had sent Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru Delhi and arranged logistics for the terrorists who attacked parliament on December 13, 2001.
Before his execution in 2013, Afzul Guru — in a latter to his lawyer in 2004 when he was lodged in Tihar Jail — had claimed that Singh had asked him to take Mohammad, a Pakistani national who was identified as one of those who carried out the attack, to Delhi and arrange a flat for his stay.
In the letter, Guru also alleged that Singh had tortured him in a bid to extort money. The claim was admitted by Singh in a interview to journalist Parvaiz Bukhari in 2006.
Afzal Guru’s allegations were not investigated then and Singh — then posted with J&K Police’s Special Operations Group at Humhama — continued with the service.
The disgraced J&K Deputy Superintendent of Police was arrested at Mir Bazar in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday, along with Hizbul Mujahideen militants Naveed Baba and Altaf, besides a lawyer who was operating as an overground worker for terror outfits.
Police had said on Tuesday that searches were carried out at Singh’s residence here, right next to the Army’s XV corps headquarters at Badami Bagh cantonment, where he had sheltered Naveed, Altaf and a new joinee Two pistols, an AK rifle and a large quantity of ammunition were seized from his residence, they had said.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir administration late Wednesday night forfeited the Sher-IKashmir honour for gallantry awarded to DySP Devinder Singh in August 2018.
According to an order issued by Principal Secretary Home Shaleen Kabra, this has been done in view of arrest of the DySP while trying to assist terrorists travel outside J&K, which amounts to disloyalty and conduct that has brought the force into disrepute.
This came a few hours after DGP Dilbagh Singh said that they have recommended the government to take back the gallantry award given to the arrested DySP for his role into the terror attack in Pulwama district police lines.
Davinder Singh who was posted with the J&K Police anti-hijacking unit at Srinagar airport, was arrested with top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Syed Naveed Mushtaq, alias Naveed Babu, and his associates, at a checkpoint on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on January 11.
Singh was given Rs 12 lakh for escorting terrorists to Chandigarh.
The militants were extracting money from the locals which was being used for antinational activities. The arrested senior cop was given Rs 12 lakh for escorting the terrorists from the Valley to Chandigarh. From where this money came is the thing to be investigated.
The security agencies are in fact trying to expose the entiere terror financing, weapon supply and courier network.
The DGP Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh said that no foreign (Pakistan) hand has been found in the case so far.
Some important questions NIA may focus.
What was the plan of the Naveed Babu and Asif?
What was the operation which terrorists wanted to execute?
Why didn’t Singh inform any senior officer about Naveed Babu and Asif?
Why arms and ammunition five grenades and AK-47 rifles were kept in the car?
Did Singh help terrorists earlier as well?
Why was Singh’s name mentioned in the letter written by Afzal Guru in 2004?
Why was Singh involved in routine operation despite his posting in anti-hijacking unit of Srinagar airport?
How many times did Singh help arrested Hizbul militant Babu?
Who is source of Rs 12 lakh which Singh received for assisting the Hizbul terrorists to move them out of Jammu?
Why did he gave shelter to the arrested militants at his residence?
J&K police clarified 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”.
In a series of tweets, the police said Singh was only awarded a “gallantry medal during his service by the erstwhile J&K state on Independence Day 2018” for his “participation in countering a fidayeen attack by terrorists at the district police lines in Pulwama on August 25-26, 2017, when he was posted as a DSP in the district police lines, Pulwama”.
Singh had disclosed that he had put up the terrorists at his Indira Nagar house in Srinagar, right next to the Army’s 15 Corps Headquarters, and thereafter accompanied them to Jammu in a car driven by the Hizbul overground worker, an intelligence source said.