Open to probe Davinder Singh’s role in 2001 Parliament attack case: J&K DGP

Arun Sharma
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DySP Davinder Singh was posted with the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s anti-hijacking unit at Srinagar airport

Days after one of its officers, Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh, was caught with two Hizbul Mujahideen militants, the J&K Police has recommended a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

“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.

In 2004, in a letter to his lawyer Sushil Kumar, Afzal Guru, then lodged in Tihar Jail for his involvement in the Parliament attack, had said that “DSP Davinder Singh”, then posted with J&K Police’s Special Operations Group at Humhama, had asked him to “take Mohammad”, a Pakistani national identified as one of those who carried out the Parliament attack, “to Delhi, rent a flat for his stay and purchase a car for him”.

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Afzal Guru was convicted and hanged on February 9, 2013.  Saying that the special investigation team would also probe Davinder Singh’s possible involvement in criminal acts in the past, the DGP said: “We do not believe in sheltering anyone... we show no leniency towards anybody involved in such crimes, irrespective of one’s rank or the organisation.’’

The DGP said that following Davinder Singh’s arrest, police had conducted searches at nearly half a dozen places. The investigations are going on, he said.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir administration late Wednesday night forfeited the Sher-I-Kashmir 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.