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J-K Police May Probe Arrested DSP Davinder Singh's Role In 2001 Parliament Attack: Report

Jammu And Kashmir Government Has Also 'forfeited' Gallantry Medal Awarded To Arrested DSP Davinder Singh.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Surabhi Pandey | Updated on: 16 Jan 2020, 10:28:28 AM
Police had arrested Davinder Singh at Mir Bazar in Kulgam district of south Kashmir along with Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists.

Police had arrested Davinder Singh at Mir Bazar in Kulgam district of south Kashmir along with Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists. (Photo Credit: File Photo)

New Delhi:

Was arrested Jammu and Kashmir Police officer Davinder Singh involved in 2001 Parliament attack? This is the question that the security agencies would be probing, a latest report on Thursday said. According to an NDTV report, Jammu and Kashmir Police chief Dilbagh Singh said that nobody is above the law and everything can be probed. The remark gains significance amid the ongoing probe by the National Investigation Agency. Now-suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police, Davinder Singh was arrested on Saturday in a car along with three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists. The links between Davinder Singh and the 2001 Parliament attack are not new. Earlier, Afzal Guru, the prime accused in the case had alleged that it was Singh who had sent him to Delhi and made other key arrangements just before the attack.

The letter

In a letter to his lawyer, which is being widely quoted by media reports, Afzal Guru had claimed that Davinder Singh tortured him and was forced to help one of the terrorists that carried out the attack on Parliament under pressure from Singh. The letter is detailed in Arundhati Roy’s book ‘The Hanging of Afzal Guru and the strange case of the attack on Indian Parliament’.

In the letter, Guru had said that he started facing trouble after his failed separatist bid and returned to Kashmir. He had written in his letter how the STF started torturing him. He had claimed that it was the STF that provided him with the phone that was found on the body of one of the terrorists killed in the attack.

Torture at STF camp

“They took me to Humhama STF camp where D.S.P. Dravinder [Davinder] Singh also tortured me," Guru wrote, adding, "One of his torture inspector as they called him Shanty Singh electrified me naked for 3 hours and made me drink water while giving electric shocks through telephone instrument."

"Ultimately I accepted to pay them 10,00,000 Rs. for which my family sold the gold of my wife. Even after this they could manage only 80000 Rs. Then they took the scooter too which was just 2-3 months old which I bought for 24000 Rs. Thus after getting 1 lakh rupees they let me free. But now I was a broken person [sic]," Guru wrote in the letter to his lawyer.

Davinder’s role

The specific input that the security agencies will now be probing is the claim made by Afzal Guru in his letter about Singh’s role. "D.S. (Davinder Singh) told me that I had to do a small job for him that has to took one man to Delhi as I was well aware about Delhi and has to manage a rented house for him (sic)," Guru writes in his letter.   

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First Published : 16 Jan 2020, 09:43:37 AM