20 October, 2020

From Decorated Cop To Militants’ Aide: Chequered Record Of Arrested J&K DSP Davinder Singh

The arrest of top cop Davinder Singh while ferrying militants in his car has brought back memories of a 2004 letter by Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru to his lawyer in which Singh was named.

From Decorated Cop To Militants’ Aide: Chequered Record Of Arrested J&K DSP Davinder Singh
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2020-01-16T15:34:45+05:30

The arrest of top cop Davinder Singh while ferrying militants in his car, a day after he received foreign envoys at the Srinagar international airport, has brought back memories of a 2004 letter by ­Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru to his lawyer in which Singh was named. Then an officer with J&K Police’s Special Task Force (STF), Singh was accused of forcing Afzal to take one “Mohammed”—one of the militants who would be killed during the Parliament attack on December 13, 2001—to Delhi, “rent a flat for his stay and purchase a car for him”.

Whether the ­investigation in the Davinder case ends up ­answering the questions raised by Afzal’s letter on the functioning of India’s counter-­terrorism establishment remains to be seen. Born and brought up in Tral area of South Kashmir, Singh was ­recruited as a sub-­inspector in 1990 and ­initially posted at the Ram Munshi Bagh police station. Police sources say an inquiry in 1993 had found Singh involved in a case of extortion, but his...

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