Srinagar, Feb 2: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday raided the house of a Hizbul Mujahideen militant who was ferried out of Kashmir by a Jammu and Kashmir Police officer, DSP Davinder Singh, last month.
Official sources said two teams of the NIA, which has taken
over the intriguing case of the police officer’s involvement with militant
groups in Kashmir, reached Shopian on Sunday.
The NIA teams entered into the house of Lashker-e-Taiba
militants Adil Hussain and Sarpanch Tariq Ahmed Mir besides the houses of Over
Ground Workers (OGWs) at Maldera in Shopian and Kulgam, the officials said.
Some documents have been seized and these are being
analysed, they said.
The NIA had taken over the case of Jammu and Kashmir’s
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Davinder Singh who was caught in south
Kashmir while ferrying two militants out of the valley on January 11. The DSP
has since been suspended.
While one NIA team went to Zainapora, the other went to
Imamsahab in Pulwama, sources said. One of the teams raided the house of Hizb
militant Rafi Ahmed in Shopian.
Rafi, alias Maaz Baie, was arrested along with Hizb
commander Naveed Babu, Irfan Shafi Mir, a Shopian lawyer and a Hizb logistics
man and Davinder Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police. Sources said Rafi, an
IED expert was active as a militant since July 2019.
Naveed Babu, whose real name is Syed Naveed Mushtaq, was a
police constable till 2017 when he deserted his post at a Food Corporation of
India warehouse in Budgam along with four rifles. He assumed prominence after
his involvement in the murder of a truck driver from Rajasthan and fruit trader
from Punjab, when traders in Kashmir attempted to defy the lockdown imposed by
militants last year.
After the state of Jammu & Kashmir was reorganized and
Article 370 nullified, on August 5, militant groups issued threats and diktats
against trade and routine activity in Kashmir. Naveed’s threats had so much
impact that police in his search, had to put up his posters in towns and
Sources said around the time, Naveed reached out to Davinder
Singh for help with securing safe houses and storing weapons and paid him Rs.
1.5 million for his assistance.
Davinder Singh personally drove Naveed and his aides to
Jammu and planned to take them to New Delhi. However, phone call intercepts led
the Shopian cops to nab them. During his interrogation, Singh has claimed that
he was working acting on the orders of intelligence agencies so that he could
cultivate Naveed and infiltrate the Hizb. However, Jammu and Kashmir police
officials have rubbished Singh’s claim saying that he is a highly corrupt cop
and would do anything to earn an additional buck.
Singh worked in Jammu and Kashmir’s Special Operations
Group, Traffic police and airport security but consistently carried an image of
a corrupt official, sources said. He was also accused of his involvement in the
Parliament attack by the convict Afzal Guru. (IANS)