Reports not true about Gallantry Medal to Davinder Singh: Police
    Date :15-Jan-2020
Reports not true about Ga
SRINAGAR : THE Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday said reports claiming that suspended officer Davinder Singh, who was arrested along with two Hizbul terrorists, was awarded a Gallantry Medal by the Union Home Ministry are not true. The recipient of the medal was another officer with the same name, it said. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Singh was arrested on Saturday in Kulgam district’s Mir Bazar while he was ferrying the two terrorists -- Naveed Baba and Altaf -- in a car.
A lawyer, who was working as overground worker for terror outfits, was also in the vehicle. Some media reports have claimed that Singh was awarded the police medal for meritorious services on Independence Day last year. “It is to clarify that Dysp Davinder Singh is not awarded any Gallantry or Meritorious Medal by MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) as has been reported by some media outlets/persons. Only gallantry medal awarded to him during his service is by the erstwhile J&K State on Independence Day 2018,” the Jammu and Kashmir Police said in a tweet. Singh, who was posted as DySP in the anti-hijacking squad, is being grilled by a team of police and Intelligence investigators, police said on Monday.
His office at Srinagar airport has been sealed, they said. According to police, searches were carried out at Singh’s residence here, right next to the Army’s XV corps headquarters at Badami Bagh cantonment, where he had sheltered Naveed, Altaf and a new joinee in the banned terror outfit. Two pistols, an AK rifle and a large quantity of ammunition were seized from his residence, they said. 
NIA takes over investigation
THE National Investigation Agency on Tuesday took over the probe in the case of Davinder Singh. The Ministry of Home Affairs approved the transfer to the NIA, following the revelations made by Singh during his interrogation to a joint team of the NIA, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the Intelligence Bureau (IB), and J&K Police’s CID. The NIA can now interrogate Singh thoroughly to find out the real motive of the terrorists and his links to Hizbul and other terrorist organisations during their previous operations in the Valley.