New Delhi, Jan
14: The National Investigation Agency on Tuesday took over the probe in the
case of Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Deputy Superintendent Davinder Singh, who
was arrested on January 11 for transporting two top Hizbul Mujahideen
The Ministry of
Home Affairs approved the transfer to the NIA, following the revelations made
by Singh during his interrogation to a joint team of the NIA, the Research and
Analysis Wing (RAW), the Intelligence Bureau (IB), and Jammu and Kashmir
The NIA can now
interrogate Singh thoroughly to find out the real motive of the terrorists and
his links to Hizbul Mujahideen and other militant organisations during their
previous operations in the Valley.
On January 11,
Jammu and Kashmir Police intercepted a car at Mir Bazaar before the Jawahar
tunnel in Kulgam district and found Singh was travelling to Jammu along with
two top Hizbul Mujahideen militants – Naveed Babu and Asif Ahmad — and lawyer
The police had
intercepted the vehicle while tracking the movements and location of Babu, a
former Special Police Officer, when he made a phone call to his brother.
Babu is accused
of being involved in the killing of 11 people from outside Kashmir, including
truck drivers and labourers in south Kashmir in October and November last year,
and forcing a shutdown in south Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 on
August 5 last year.
All were arrested
and a case initially lodged at Qazigund police station in Kulgam.
interrogation, Singh, however, maintained that he had no any link to Hizbul
militants and that he was taking the terrorists to surrender but interrogators
have dismissed his claims.
As per sources, a
sum of Rs 12 lakh may have been given to Singh to move out 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 on August 15
Jammu and Kashmir Police has clarified that “he was never awarded any gallantry
or meritorious medal by the Ministry of Home Affairs as has been reported by
some sections of the media”.
In a series of
tweets, it said that Singh was only awarded a “gallantry medal during his
service by the erstwhile J&K state on Independence Day 2018” for his
“participation in countering a fidayeen attack by terrorists at the district
police lines in Pulwama on August 25-26, 2017, when he was posted as a DSP in
the district police lines, Pulwama”.
disclosed that he had put up the terrorists at his Indira Nagar house in
Srinagar, right next to the Army’s 15 Corps Headquarters, and thereafter
accompanied them to Jammu in a car driven by the Hizbul overground worker, an
intelligence source said.
Since the arrest
of Singh and the two Hizb militants, security agencies carried out multiple
raids across the Union Territory, specially Srinagar and south Kashmir, and
seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition stashed by the officer and the
Jammu and Kashmir
Police have claimed to have recovered an AK-47 rifle and two pistols from
Singh’s residence in Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar and another AK rifle as
well as a pistol based on Babu’s confession.
Jammu and Kashmir
Police chief Dilbag Singh on Monday spoke to officials at the Ministry of Home
Affairs about the developments in the valley since the arrest of Singh and two
militants. Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla was also briefed about the
incident on Monday and a report of the initial questioning of Singh was also
shared with him through other officials in the Home Ministry.