- The Jammu and Kashmir police stated that they are investigating the role of a senior police officer. He was reported to have ferried two terrorists to Delhi.
- The militants were from Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and included wanted ‘commander’ Syed Naveed Mushtaq alias Babu.
- They were suspected to have been headed to Delhi targeting the Republic Day Function.
The terrorist belongs to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen
The Jammu and Kashmir police said they are investigating the role of gallantry award-winning senior police officer, Davinder Singh, who was ferrying two terrorists to Delhi. The terrorists belonged to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. The group also included wanted commander Syed Naveed Mushtaq.
As per the reports, they will be going to Delhi for targeting the Republic Day Function.
“According to an intelligence report, two terrorists and one police officer were caught during the search of a car on Srinagar-Jammu Highway. The police officer will also be considered as a terrorist. The ongoing investigation began on January 11. Many of the agencies have brought these people under their radar for investigation,” said Inspector-General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar.
In raids conducted in the last 24 hours, two hideouts were busted. Not only that, arms and ammunition were found out by security forces in the Southern Province of Kashmir.
DSP Singh was honoured with Police Medal for Gallantry in August 2018. He was posted with the anti-hijacking committee of the police deployed at Srinagar International Airport.
“Mr Singh had applied for a four-day leave,” the police officer. Reports suggest the officer and the terrorists were going to Delhi, just two weeks before the Republic Day Function.
Singh’s involvement in 2001’s Parliament Attack
The police officer had provided his services in anti-militancy squad Special Operations Group in 2002. But unfortunately, got mired into controversy when the Afzal Guru in a letter named him. Guru stated that Singh asked another attacker on Parliament to Delhi and arrange a flat for him to stay and buy a car for him.
The militant commander has the blood of 11 truck drivers, non-local labourers and apple traders in his hands.
Babu, a resident of Sophia’s Nazneenpora started working as police officers in 2012 and joined militant ranks after decamping with four rifles from the guard room. Those rifles were of the Food Corporation of India Facility in Chanpora in 2017.
The militants were hiding in Gulshanpora. They were killed in an encounter. All of them were from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. They were associated with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.” said the police official.