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Suspended DSP had taken militants to Jammu last year also: Interrogators

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  • DSP is believed to have taken Rs 12 lakh for 'smuggling' two militants to Chandigarh for providing them accommodation for a couple of months, officials said

  • “Meri mati maari gayi thi (I must have lost my mind to do what I did),” an interrogator quoted Singh as saying

  • There have been inconsistencies in Singh's statements and everything was being cross-checked with confessions of captured militants, officials add

  • Recruited in 1990 as a sub-inspector, Singh along with another probationary officer was subject of an internal inquiry where some narcotics had been seized from a truck

Srinagar, January 14

Suspended Deputy Superintendent of J&K Police Davinder Singh had ferried Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Naveed Babu to Jammu last year also and facilitated his return to Shopian after “rest and recuperation”, officials interrogating him said here Tuesday.

“Meri mati maari gayi thi (I must have lost my mind to do what I did),” an interrogator quoted Singh as saying after the DSP failed to impress them with his theory of catching a big terrorist. 

Singh was arrested last Saturday along with Naveed Babu alias Babar Azam, a resident of Nazneenpora in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, and his associate Asif Ahmad. 

He is believed to have taken Rs 12 lakh for smuggling the two to Chandigarh for providing them accommodation for a couple of months, officials said.

The officials, who have been spending considerable time questioning Singh, said there have been many inconsistencies in his statements and everything was being crosschecked and corroborated with the confessions of captured militants who have been kept in different rooms at an interrogation centre in South Kashmir.

During questioning it emerged that Singh had taken them to Jammu in 2019 also, the officials said. 

In a tone laced with sarcasm, they said the DSP was taking the militants for “rest and recuperation”.

Naveed told the interrogators that they used to stay in the hilly regions to avoid the J&K police and left the areas to escape harsh winters, they said.

The official said the DSP’s bank accounts and other assets were being verified by the police and papers were being collected, amid speculations that the case may be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). 

'Shady' past

Going into the service history of Singh, majority of retired and serving officials of the JKP spoken to referred to a proverb—coming events cast their shadows long before—to say that if action had been taken against the officer during his probation period, such things would not have happened. 

Recruited in 1990 as a sub-inspector, Singh along with another probationary officer was subject of an internal enquiry where some narcotics had been seized from a truck. However, the contraband was sold by Singh and another sub-inspector, the officials recalled.

There was a move to dismiss them from the service which was stalled by an Inspector General rank officer purely on humanitarian ground and the duo was shifted to the Special Operations Group, a team of policemen engaged in counter- militancy offensive.

However, he could not last there for long and was shifted this time to the police lines only to be rehabilitated in 1997 again in the SOG.

During this period, he was posted in Budgam and is alleged to have indulged in extortion for which he was sent back to the police lines.

His proper rehabilitation began in 2015 by the then Director General of Police K Rajendra, who posted him in district headquarters of Shopian and Pulwama, the officials said.

However, after some alleged wrongdoing during his stint in Pulwama, the then Director General of Police S P Vaid transferred him in August 2018 to the sensitive Anti-Hijacking Unit in Srinagar, though the move was opposed by some other officers.

An advocate, Irfan Ahmad Mir, was driving the vehicle when they were caught by the police on National Highway in Kulgam district.

The advocate, who has also been arrested, had travelled to Pakistan five times on an Indian passport. 

Reports claiming DSP was awarded gallantry medal not true: Police

The Jammu and Kashmir Police has said reports claiming that suspended officer Davinder Singh, who was arrested along with two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, was awarded a gallantry medal by the Union Home Ministry are not true.

The recipient of the medal was another officer with the same name, it said.

Some media reports have claimed that Singh was awarded the police medal for meritorious services on Independence Day last year.

 “It is to clarify that Dysp Davinder Singh is not awarded any Gallantry or Meritorious Medal by MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) as has been reported by some media outlets/persons. Only gallantry medal awarded to him during his service is by the erstwhile J&K State on Independence Day 2018,” the Jammu and Kashmir Police said in a tweet. — PTI

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