A team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) officers arrived in Srinagar yesterday to question Jammu and Kashmir Police Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh over his alleged links with terrorists.
“A team of five to six senior officials comprising an Inspector General-level officer have reached Srinagar and will take over the probe from the J&K Police,” a source from the anti-terror agency said.
The source said the team will first understand all the angles of the case and then bring Singh to the agency’s headquarters in New Delhi for questioning.
The source said the NIA will try to understand when and how Singh got in touch with Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist group, adding that during initial questioning by the Srinagar-based NIA team, Singh has confessed to supporting the terrorists and also hinted at the involvement of many other police officers.
Based on the investigation so far carried out by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and the initial questioning by the NIA, the anti-terror probe agency will widen its probe.
The source said that the NIA will also look at the files of the 2001 parliament attack, which was believed to have been masterminded by a non-local Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) “commander” named Gazi Baba.
Singh was part of the special anti-militancy Special Operations Group (SOG) in 2002 and was named by parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, in a letter to his lawyer, where he also suggested that another suspect, Mohamed, was taken to Delhi on the directions of the police officer.
The source said the agency was also tracking the DSP’s property details and is set to collect the details of his bank accounts.
Singh was arrested on January 11 with top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Naveed Babu and lawyer Irfan when their car was intercepted by police on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. According to the J&K police, Singh was taking Babu and his accomplice to Jammu.
According to J&K police sources, Rs1.2mn may have been given to Singh to move the two Hizbul militants to Jammu on their way to Chandigarh and onward to Delhi to carry out attacks on or before the Republic Day.
Singh, who was posted in the anti-hijacking squad at the Srinagar international airport, was suspended from service on Monday and is likely to be stripped of all his awards, including a gallantry medal for anti-militancy operations presented on August 15 last year.
Earlier in the day, Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said: “The entire operation to arrest Davinder Singh was planned by the J&K police and no leniency will be shown to the arrested officer.”
The DGP also gave details about an encounter which took place in Doda district yesterday in which Hizbul Mujahideen militant Haroon Abbas was killed.
The DGP said that Abbas was active in the Doda district since 2018 and was trying to revive militancy in the Chenab valley.
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