The government has forfeited the Sher-e-Kashmir Police Medal for Gallantry awarded to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Davinder Singh, who is under arrest on charges of ferrying and sheltering militants.
The Lt Governor G C Murmu ordered to forfeit the Sher-e-Kashmir Police Medal for Gallantry awarded to Singh in 2018.
Singh was awarded the medal by the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir State for participating in countering a fidayeen attack on District Police Lines Pulwama in 2017.
Eight cops and three attackers were killed in a two-day long gun battle at DPL Pulwama on August 25 and 26, 2017 after the Jiah militants had stormed the highly fortified police complex.
According to a latest order issued by Principal secretary Home Department, Shaleen Kabra, the arrest of Davinder Singh on January 11 while trying to assist militants to travel outside J&K and recovery of arms and ammunition amounts to disloyalty and conduct that has brought the force into disrepute.
“The Sher-e-Kashmir Police Medal for Gallantry awarded to him is hereby forfeited,” the order reads.
On January 11, police arrested Singh at Mir Bazar in volatile south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, along with Hizbul Mujahideen wanted militants Syed Naveed Mushtaq, a cop turned militant and Rafi Ahmed Rather and the advocate cum “OGW” Irfan Shafi.
They were booked in case FIR No. 05/2020 under sections 7/25 Arms Act, 3/4 Explosives Substances Act and sections 18/19/20/38 and 39 of Unlawful Act (Prevention) Act, at Police Station Qazigund.
Two pistols, an AK rifle and a large quantity of ammunition were seized from his residence, police had said earlier.
Some of the recoveries were made by police from his residence near Army's 15 corps headquarters at Badami Bagh cantonment Srinagar.
According to reports, he had sheltered Mushtaq and another militant at his residence which has been searched by police several times since his arrest.
Singh, who was posted as DySP in the anti-hijacking squad at Srinagar airport before his arrest in the sensational case, was being jointly interrogated by officers of Police, CRPF, Army, Criminal Investigation Department of Police, Investigation Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing.
On Wednesday Director General of Police Dilbag said that the department has recommended for taking back the gallantry medal awarded to Singh.
He had said the Police Department has also recommended dismissal of Singh and handing over the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).