Suspended J&K DSP Davinder Singh sent to NIA custody
Suspended Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh was on Thursday sent to 15 days' National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody. Earlier this month, Singh was arrested in J&K's Kulgam, while ferrying terrorists of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM). Along with Singh, four others accused in the case were sent to NIA custody. Here are more details.
Singh was produced in a special court in Jammu on Thursday along with the two HM terrorists he was caught with and two of their associates, PTI reported. One Syed Irfan was also produced before the court. Irfan is the brother of one of the accused HM terrorists. The NIA had sought 15-day NIA custody of the five persons for interrogation, which was granted.
On January 11, Singh was intercepted by cops in Kulgam with two HM terrorists and one overground HM worker. An initial probe found that Singh had sheltered the terrorists at his home in Srinagar and suggested that he was planning to move them out of J&K to Delhi. Investigators are probing to see if their movements were linked to the upcoming Republic Day celebrations.
Singh was arrested, and last weekend, the counter-terrorism agency NIA took over the probe. The NIA has conducted searches at Singh's Srinagar residence, where the police had previously found arms. The agency is also investigating the cop's involvement with Hizbul Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba along with other terrorist groups. On Wednesday, the NIA had questioned Singh for allegedly helping the terrorists travel out of J&K.
Meanwhile, intelligence and police sources told News18 that Singh was part of an operation to infiltrate HM for the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). However, Singh reportedly didn't seek authorization from R&AW before accepting Rs. 1.2 lakh from the terrorists in exchange for transporting them.
Singh was appointed to J&K Police's Special Operations Group (SOG) in 1994 and rose through the ranks. However, he faced allegations of extortion and links to drug cartels over time. In a 2004 letter to his lawyer, the 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru accused Singh of framing him. Guru had alleged that Singh made him take another Parliament attack accused to Delhi.