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DSP Davinder Singh, arrested for terror links, never received presidential award: J&K Police

The Jammu and Kashmir police have said that its officer Davinder Singh, who was arrested with two terrorists last week, was not awarded any Gallantry or Meritorious Medal by the Centre but was given a medal by the state for his participation in countering a suicide attack in the Valley. 

Earlier, reports said Singh was a recipient of the presidential award for gallantry in 2019. 

In a clarification, the Union Territory police said he was awarded the Sher-e-Kashmir police medal for gallantry in the year 2018 for his participation in countering a suicide attack by terrorists at district police lines in Pulwama which claimed lives of eight security forces personnel including four CRPF men in July that year.

Police probe throws light on Davinder Singh’s link with terrorists

The Jammu and Kashmir police investigation in the high profile arrest of a top police officer has revealed new details of how Davinder Singh planned to take the arrested terrorists to Jammu first and Chandigarh later. 

Sources say that Davinder was on the radar of security forces from quite some time and had successfully taken Naveed Babu to Jammu last year where they stayed at Sidra area and later dropped him back too. But the circumstances were different this time as a phone call was traced by the J&K police which hinted at the movement of terrorists to the Jammu region. The sources say Naveed was planning a longer stay in Jammu this year. 

Sources in the security establishment say that Davinder had taken an amount of Rs 12 lakh from Naveed to transport them to Jammu. Sources privy to the information say that an amount of Rs 7.5 Lakh was recovered from his Indra Nagar house by the forces. 

Interestingly, the father and mother of Naveed, the top Hizb terrorists caught with a police officer, currently reside in New Delhi. If reports are to be believed, the brother of Naveed currently studies in Chandigarh. 

Davinder has two houses, one in Srinagar and the other at his native village in Tral, south Kashmir. The Srinagar house is located at Indra Nagar is next to the wall of the Army’s Srinagar headquarter which could’ve been a massive security threat given the links of Singh with terrorists. 

The cop, according to sources had brought terrorists from Shopian in south Kashmir to Srinagar and had kept them at his rented accommodation where he lived. They say that police later raided the houses and recovered weapons and other ammunition from his house which sources say wasn’t his official weapon.

“He was brought here at night. I saw him chained and later police came out with some rifles. He has a black Scorpio car and a scooter here,” said a neighbour at Indra Nagar, adding that his two daughters are studying outside the country. 

The security forces are also looking at the CCTV footage taken from the Srinagar airport and have sent his mobile phone for forensic investigation. All this may provide crucial details about the nature of the link of an officer with terrorists. 

“We have done it in the past in many cases and 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 the same for everyone,” said J&K police in a series of tweets. 

Singh, who joined the J&K Police as sub-inspector, rose through ranks and became a DSP despite not having an unblemished carrier. 

Since the start of his carrier in the 90s, he was at the centre of series of allegations, including that of extortion. But despite all this, he was posted at a highly sensitive location at the airport, that too at a time when 15 foreign envoys were visiting Kashmir on an official tour. 

NIA to take over probe

Meanwhile, an NIA team is expected to reach Srinagar on Wednesday and take over the investigation from the local police. The police have already set up a special investigation team which is headed by DIG South Kashmir Atul Goyal, who spent a long time with the NIA before returning to his home cadre.