The National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided several places in south Kashmir today following the trail of the case of sedition against DSP Davinder Singh. The agency raided five places: two search operations each in Kupwara and Shopian one at Tral, Avantipora.
Since Saturday, a 20-member NIA team led by DIG Sonia Narang has camped in Kashmir. It is conducting raids while furthering the investigation. The NIA is getting all the help from the Jammu and Kashmir Police in this work, sources said.
The agency searched Davinder Singh’s ancestral home in Tral, Avantipora. A day before this, the NIA had raided the house of BJP sarpanch Tariq Ahmad Mir of the Maldera village. A source said, “During the interrogation of the accused, his name came up. So his house was searched.” The sleuths have not interrogated the sarpanch yet.
The two places where the NIA and Jammu and Kashmir police raided in Shopian on Monday were the houses of overground worker Farooq Ahmed Thokar and Hizb ul Mujahideen terrorist Omar Dhobi.
Shopian SP Sandeep Chaudhary denied reports that claimed the NIA had raided the house of an IAS officer in Shopian too. Chaudhary described such report as “fake”.
The 2012 cadre IPS officer was posted in the Northeast. His brother Shamsul Mengaru was killed in Shopian in January 2019. But Monday’s raid had no connection with Chaudhary.
However, the NIA is investigating the foreign links of Davinder Singh. Nothing adverse has been found so far like a Bangladeshi link.
Two of Singh’s daughters study MBBS in Bangladesh. The agency has discovered that children of Singh’s close relatives are studying there too.
Jammu and Kashmir Police had arrested Singh, along with two Hizb militants and an overground worker, on 11 January. Subsequently, this case was handed over to the NIA on seeing the state police’s hamhanded approach towards him.
Singh is suspected to have links with Jaish-e-Mohammed too.
NIA unearths obscene photos from DSP’s mobile
Forensic experts have found a number of indecent photographs and other objectionable material in DSP Davinder Singh’s mobile phone. It had 3,500 odd contact numbers. On Thursday, Director General YC Modi reviewed the ongoing investigation against the dismissed DSP.
According to sources, IG Anil Shukla, DIG Sonia Narang, SP Arvind Negi and SP Rakesh Balwal have been appointed in the NIA team investigating this case. Apart from this, language experts and Kashmiris are ready to question the dismissed DSP.
NIA sources say that Singh is a Kashmiri Sikh who hails from Ovarigund Tral. He speaks better Kashmiri than English or Hindi, the sources say.
Sources also say that the NIA is investigating the case from several angles. They have found so far that the dismissed DSP was helping terrorists earn money soon. According to sources, Singh has no regrets about his handiwork. He feels he will survive this case. The NIA believes Singh must have some criminal record.
An official said that Singh was not only a notorious officer but also a dreaded criminal.
The NIA has registered a case against Singh under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act including the Arms Act and a section of the IPC dealing with possessing explosives.
Singh has been booked under Sections 18,19,20, 38 and 39 of the UAPA. Section 38 of the UAPA applies to a person’s act of joining a terrorist organisation. The NIA has slapped Singh and his accomplices in the Hizb with UAPA Act Section 39 is imposed on Singh and the terrorists.