The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Saturday formally registered a case against Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Davinder Singh, who was arrested along with two top Hizbul Mujahideen militants and an Over Ground Worker (OGW) of militants in south Kashmir recently.
Singh was thoroughly interrogated by officials of police and other security agencies for his alleged role in ferrying and sheltering militants.
"Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants and one DySP of J&K Police (Devender Singh) were arrested along with arms and ammunition while they were travelling in a car near Qazigund on Srinagar-Jammu highway," NIA spokesman said in a statement.
He said after receiving an order from Ministry of Home Affairs, the NIA has re-registered this case as RC no 01/2020/NIA and started the investigation.
On January 11, a police party led by DIG south Kashmir arrested Singh at Mir Bazar in volatile south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, along with Hizbul Mujahideen deputy chief Syed Naveed Mushtaq, a cop-turned-militant and Rafi Ahmed Rather and the advocate cum “OGW” Irfan Shafi.
Initially, 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 in Kulgam district.
Two pistols, an AK rifle and a cache of ammunition were seized from his residence, police has claimed.
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, Singh had sheltered Mushtaq and another militant at his residence which has been searched by police several times since his arrest.
The J&K government has forfeited the Sher-i-Kashmir medal for galantry awarded to Singh in 2018 for countering a fidayeen attack of Jaish-e-Mohammad militants on District Police Lines (DPL) Pulwama in 2017.
"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," read an order issued by Principal secretary Home Department, Shaleen Kabra.
Singh, who was posted as DySP in the anti-hijacking squad at Srinagar airport before his arrest in the sensational case, was earlier jointly interrogated by officers of Police, CRPF, Army, Criminal Investigation Department of Police, Investigation Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing.
Director General of Police Dilbag Singh has recommended dismissal of Singh from the police force.