A day after the arrest of a decorated Jammu and Kashmiri police officer who traveled with three terrorists, state law enforcement agencies confirmed that he too was treated as a "terrorist". Davinder Singh, a police superintendent based at Srinagar International Airport, was caught on Saturday in Wanpoh, Kulgam district, accompanied by Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Naveed Babu.
Questions remain as to why Davinder Singh, who received the US President's Gallant Medal last year and was part of a group of officers who received the envoys of 15 foreign nations with guns on Thursday for a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir Terrorists travel to Delhi.
According to the police, investigations into the motive of transporting the terrorists are ongoing. All security and secret services were part of the investigation.
"Yesterday, during an operation in Shopian, a deputy police superintendent (DSP) was arrested along with wanted Hizbul Mujahideen militants while on the national road in a vehicle," Vijay Kumar, police chief inspector, told reporters in Srinagar today.
The operation to arrest Davinder Singh was initiated after a warning from the Superintendent of Shopian District Police that Mr. Kumar and other police officers tracked down and stopped the car.
"He (Davinder Singh) has worked on several anti-militancy operations. But under what circumstances was he arrested … is an abominable crime. He is treated the same way as the militants," he added. Interrogation and investigation into the matter were underway.
In the meantime, based on information from the arrested terrorists, several raids were carried out in which a large hiding place in the Shopian district was blown up.
After yesterday's arrest, police officers also recovered weapons and ammunition from various locations in the city. An Ak-47 and two pistols were found in Davinder Singh's home in Srinagar's Indranagar area. Davinder Singh's residence shares a wall with the headquarters of the 15th Corps of the Army.
The police and terrorists were on their way to Delhi, according to the police.
Naveed Babu, one of the arrested terrorists, a former police officer who joined the terrorist group in 2017 and is now a district commander, is accused of having been involved in the murder of 11 non-native workers, including truck drivers and workers, in southern Kashmir last year.
The killings were directed against the apple industry in Kashmir after the center withdrew the special status of the former state in August last year. He is also involved in the murder of several police officers and civilians and has 18 FIRs registered against him, added Kumar.
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