Who is DSP Davinder Singh?
Davinder Singh, belonging to Tral in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir, joined the Police force as a sub-inspector in 1990 right after this graduation. In the early part of his career, he had voluntarily joined the Counter Insurgency Wing. He has an immaculate track record of conducting counter-terrorist operations with the Special Operations Group (SOG) of J&K. A family man, Davinder stays in a posh area of Srinagar called Indira Nagar. His wife is a teacher and he has three children – two daughters who study MBBS in Bangladesh, and a son who studies in the eminent Burn Hall School. The 57-year old had been awarded ‘Sher-e-Kashmir‘ for his brave role in the unpopular 2017 Pulwama Terror Attack. On I-Day, 2019, he had also been awarded ‘Police Medal for Meritorious Service‘. However, in police circles, he is known for being ‘shady‘ and ‘corrupt‘. His notorious involvement, that we will examine later in this piece, corroborates the word of police officers.
Why is He Under Radar?
Spotlights have shifted to DSP Davinder Singh because in snowy white mountains of Kashmir he was caught red-handed, allegedly, ferrying two most wanted Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, Naveed Babu and Rafi Ahmed.
Police had received information about two militants trying to pass the Jawahar Tunnel. Police had gotten hold of DSP Davinder, a driver, and two Hizbul militants driving in a car, Hyundai i10, containing arms and ammunition at a police checkpoint on South Kashmir’s Jammu-Srinagar Highway. The driver was identified as a former lawyer named Irfan Shafi.
The first militant, Syed Naveed Mushtaq, also known as Naveed Babu, was a former Kashmir Policeman who turned into a militant. Besides accusation of stealing police rifles, he has 17 FIRs charged against him in various serious crimes. The other militant was also a wanted militant of the region.
At first, DSP Singh had denied allegations and had said that he was ferrying these militants to make them surrender. “He had no authorization to ferry the two terrorists, and so, it cannot be justified as a covert operation. If it was a direction that came from above, senior officers would have known. Police officers do infiltrate in terrorist groups for information, but it is a part of an operation and seniors are in the loop. He willfully entered into this conspiracy with the terrorists for financial gains,” said a J&K Police Source to the Print.
DSP Davinder has been suspended from service and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) is currently investigating him.
Davinder’s Unsevered Past
DSP Davinder’s notorious actions had been conformed as corrupt and shady by police circles. About 20 years ago, Singh was accused of supplying AK-47 rifles to hijackers in the Athwajan region of Srinagar. His image as a Policeman who is extremely harsh has raised numerous voices of custodial death under his charge. Time and again he has been in the limelight of allegations of extorting money from businessmen as well commons.
He has been accused of providing safe passage, in the year 1990, to India to the 2001 Parliament Attack terrorist Mohammed. In 2005, Davinder was also alleged to have provided safe passage to four Kashmiri militants who were found with arms, ammunition, wireless set, and a safe passage letter, all of which, allegedly, provided by Davinder.
His most controversial involvement comes from the letter written by Afzal Guru, convict of the 2001 Parliament Attack. Davinder had asked Afzal Guru to ferry Mohammed, another accused in the 2001 Parliament case, from Kashmir to Delhi. This has led the authorities to probe Davinder Singh’s role in the 2001 Parliament Attack. Authorities are also looking into his role, if any, in the 2017 Pulwama Terror Strike.
His recent visits to Bangladesh and Nepal have had the attention of agencies probing him. As per Singh, he had visited his daughters studying there. However, agencies are probing whether Singh would have met militants or anyone linked to Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan.
Is Winter Coming for Him?
NIA’s investigation has confirmed that DSP Davinder Singh was assisting militants with logistics. He has also been helping them with safe passages from one district to another. It is speculated that Naveed’s contact was established by him through the help of the top Pakistani leaders of Hizbul Mujahideen. His three-storey luxury house in Srinagar was searched several times by authorities. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) and the NIA are looking deeper into this matter.
His gallantry medal ‘Sher-e-Kashmir‘ has been forfeited. “All organisations have black sheep and the DSP was one. The credit goes to the police officers who identified him and arrested him and unearthed the whole conspiracy. One should bear in mind that hundreds of policemen have laid down their lives in the fight against terrorism,” said Advisor to Lt. Governor, Farooq Khan.