J&K DSP Davinder Singh

Tinsukia: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the case in which a decorated Jammu & Kashmir police officer was arrested while ferrying three terrorists out of the valley, an official spokesman said on Saturday.

The development comes days after Union home ministry issued an order to transfer the case to NIA.

The spokesman said that three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists and a deputy superintendent of J&K Police, Devender Singh, were arrested along with arms and ammunition while they were travelling in a car near Qazigund on the national highway. “A case was registered by J&K police on January 11 this year under Sections 7/25 Arms Act, 3/4 Explosive Substances Act and Sections 18,19,20,38, 39 of UA(P) Act.”

“After receiving MHA’s order, NIA has re-registered this case as RC number 01/2020/NIA and started the investigation,” he added.

Singh, who was stripped of the Sher-e-Kashmir police medal earlier this week, was allegedly ferrying Naveen Babu – self-styled district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, a new recruit Atif and an advocate Irfan Mir.

The four were caught with arms and ammunitions while they were travelling in a car near Qazigund on the national highway in south Kashmir. In the raids that followed, more arms and ammunitions were recovered from the officer’s residence at Srinagar.

According to sources, a team of NIA will be going to Kashmir and it is very likely that DSP Singh will be brought to New Delhi for further interrogation. “The NIA’s forensic team will seize the weapons, grenades and mobile phones recovered for examination.”

Will the interrogation by county’s premier investigating agency unearth a can of worms that will further shake the security establishment is something that remains to be seen in the coming days.

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