A decorated rouge

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/16/2020 11:40:18 AM IST

 Without a doubt, the recent arrest of Jammu & Kashmir Police Dy SP Davinder Singh hides more than what has been revealed after he was arrested for escorting two suspected militants along the Srinagar-Jammu highway enroute Delhi. In the last 72 hours since his arrest, while the social media remained abuzz about the role of Davinder Singh, skeletons from the past started pouring out. He is the same police officer about whom Afzal Guru’s counsel had apprised the court through a letter before being sent to the gallows, but the court had not taken cognizance of the said letter. The letter talked about how Afzal Guru was forced to take a person to Delhi and also how Davinder Singh and his deputy Shanty Singh had tortured him in police custody. The career record of Davinder reveals several controversies of which include extortion, links with terrorists. These should have led to his sacking and imprisonment but instead, Davinder’s graph appear to have risen despite these. His name was linked with the terrorist attack on parliament in 2001 after Afzal Guru, who was later hanged for being an accomplice, accused him of torture and extortion and directing him to escort another terrorist to attack parliament. As the then deputy superintendent of police, J-K Police's Special Operations Group at Humhama, Jammu & Kashmir, Davinder asked Afzal Guru to "take Mohammad", a co-accused in the Parliament attack case, "to Delhi, rent a flat for his stay and purchase a car for him". This was the same Afzal who was eventually hanged – in 2013 – for having been a part of the terrorist conspiracy to attack India’s parliament in December 2001. According to sources, Singh was never questioned after Afzal's letter named him. Davinder was convicted by a court for extortion and spent sometime in jail but later he was decorated by the government with Sher-e-Kashmir Police Medal for Gallantry award in 2018. When the allegations of his corruption mounted, Davinder was eventually sidelined but then rehabilitated and posted in a sensitive location – first Pulwama, then Srinagar airport. Ironically, he was at hand to receive and escort 15 foreign ambassadors during their conducted tour of Srinagar earlier last week, including US ambassador Kenneth Juster. The gallantry away and posting at the most sensitive Srinagar airport security, has raised questions on whether Davinder Singh was being used by some people. Some believed that the arrest of DSP Davinder Singh, for-mer counter-insurgency officer of J and K police alongside two “militants”, one of whom was involved in the killing of migrant labourers last October has opened a Pandora’s box which the Jammu and Kashmir police and administration will find difficult to put the lid on. The fact that his subordinates had a proven track record of torture should have been red flagged but instead became a factor in his promotion. The fact that he confessed on a news channel to having tortured Afzal should have led to his prosecution, instead he flourished. The reason Davinder Singh’s arrest has sent shock waves up and down the security establishment is because this was not the first time his connection with terrorists has cropped up. If Davinder could still rise up in his career despite his murky records, then there is every reason to expect the probe agencies to come out with the fact on whether he was a double agent whose time was up?

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