Arrested DySP Singh to be treated as militant: IGP Kumar
Srinagar, Jan 12:
Jammu and Kashmir police has decided to treat Deputy Superintendent of Police
(DYSP) Davinder Singh as a “militant” after he was arrested along with two
Hizbul Mujahedeen commanders in South Kashmir.
Singh, who is
presently posted in anti-hijacking wing at Srinagar Airport, was arrested along
with Hizbul commander Naveed Babu and Altaf when they were traveling in a car
in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday.
said Singh was trying to drive the commanders possibly out of the valley when
their car was intercepted by the security forces. Two AK-47 rifles were
recovered in a subsequent raid at Singh’s house.
“We consider DySP
Singh’s involvement as a heinous crime and he will be dealt in the same manner
as other arrested militants,” Vijay Kumar, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir
Zone, told reporters on Sunday.
Kumar said Singh,
who headed many anti-militancy operations, has been booked under different
sections of law. “His interrogation is currently underway and action will
follow on the basis of outcome of the investigation. He has been booked under
FIR no. 5/2020, Section 7/25 of Indian Arms Act, ¾ explosive acts and section
18,19,20,29 of Unlawful Activity Act,” he said.
Kumar said it was
a big operation and many agencies were involved in making it successful.
“Security forces, Police IB, Raw and other agencies have been involved since
the case is a sensitive issue. SP Shopian got a lead about presence of two
militants in I10 vehicle, which was on way to Jammu from Shopian. SP Shopian informed me and then accordingly
naka was led by DIG south Kashmir. After checking the vehicle, two militants
were apprehended along with one of our DYSP and OGW who is an advocate by
profession”, he said.
IGP said security
forces recovered weapons from the militants and busted their hideout in
Shopian. “Militants had fled from the hideout after learning about the arrest
of their two associates,” he said.
Kumar said Naveed
Babu was in their “wanted” list for his involvement in “the attack on truckers,
civilians and policemen”. “Naveed was
Hizbul Mujahideen’s district commander for Shopian and subordinate to Riyaz Naikoo.
He was a police constable who decamped with four weapons to join militancy in
2017. There are 17 FIRs registered against him and was the most wanted
militant. He set orchards on fire in the district and threatened people in
south Kashmir. The other two apprehended included an advocate who was an OGW,”