New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday took over the probe into the case involving Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Davinder Singh, who was last week arrested on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway while ferrying two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) terrorists to Jammu. Also Read - 'Davinder Singh Case as Good as Dead,' Says Rahul Gandhi as Probe Handed to NIA
The development comes amid the opposition questioning the Centre for handing over the case from JKP to NIA, which is headed by YC Modi, an officer considered ‘close’ to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday remarked that the case was ‘as good as dead‘ since it would now be dealt by ‘yet another Modi.’ Also Read - Davinder Singh Arrest: J&K Administration Orders CISF Cover For Srinagar And Jammu Airports
The NIA has booked the officer, now suspended from service, under sections 18, 19, 20, 38 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). An NIA team is also likely to visit Srinagar on Monday and seize all the weapons recovered from the DSP’s car and residence. The DSP, too, may be brought to the national capital for questioning. Also Read - J-K Police Recommends Davinder Singh’s Dismissal to Home Ministry, Says ‘Waiting For Response’
DSP Singh has already allegedly admitted to have been paid Rs 12 lakh to ferry the terrorists, one of whom, Naveed Babu, a cop-turned-terrorist, was involved in the killings of non-local workers last October in south Kashmir, which were carried out to drive non-locals out of Kashmir and target the apple industry after the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status by the Centre on August 5.
A decorated officer whose gallantry awards have now been withdrawn, the DSP was the chief of the anti-hijacking unit at the sensitive Srinagar Airport.