‘SIT handling interrogation of arrested Police officer, militants’
The Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh, who landed in security agencies net along with two wanted militants and an advocate on January 11, was awarded with gallantry medal by the government of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir State in 2018 for participating in countering Fedayeen attack by militants in 2017.
Police said on twitter that Singh was not awarded any gallantry or meritorious medal by Ministry of Home Affairs.
However, Police said the DySP was awarded gallantry medal by the government of the erstwhile State government in 2008 for participating in countering Fedayeen attack by militants at District Police Lines in volatile Pulwama district in 2017.
“Police is known for its professionalism and doesn’t spare anyone including its own cadres if found involved in any unlawful act or unbecoming act,” Police wrote on twitter.
On August 25 and 26 in 2017, eight cops and three JeM fidayeens were killed in a long gun battle after the militants launched a suicide attack on DPL Pulwama.
Singh was posted at DPL Pulwama at the time of attack.
On January 11, the DySP was caught by Police along with two top militants Syed Naveed Mushtaq, Rafi Ahmed Rather of Batpora and the advocate cum “OGW” Irfan Shafi of Shopian.
Naveed, a cop turned militant, had deserted police department and fled with four rifles from Food Corporation of India (FCI) godown in Budgam district—where he was posted as guard—and joined Hizbul Mujahideen in 2017.
Singh hails from sensitive Tral area of Pulwama while Mushtaq, Rather and Shafi belong to militant hotbed Shopian district.
Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar termed Singh links with militants a heinous crime and said he has been treated like a militant.
Singh and other trio were booked in FIR no. 5/ 2020 under sections 7/25 Arms Act, 3/4 explosives Act and sections 18, 19, 20, 38, 29 unlawful activities Act, in Police station Kulgam.
They were being jointly interrogated by officers of Police, CRPF, Army, Criminal Investigation Department of Police, Investigation Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing.
“A special investigation team is handling interrogation of the arrested accused officer and the militants which would probe his (Singh’s) criminal conduct in the instant case and his involvement in any such criminal acts in the past,” Police wrote.
Police said it has taken action against its own officials in the past and the action against Singh would take place accruing to the law.
“We have done it in the past in many cases. Now in this particular case where it has caught its own officer on its own input and action and would continue to abide by our code of conduct and the Law of the Land which is same for everyone (Sic),” Police tweeted.
The DySP reportedly sheltered Naveed, Altaf at his residence near highly secured 15 corps headquarters at Badami Bagh cantonment in Srinagar.