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Davinder Singh Suspended, Have Recommended His Sacking, Says J&K Police Chief; Case to Be Handed Over to NIA

File photo of suspended Kashmir Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh.

File photo of suspended Kashmir Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh.

Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said they cannot currently disclose what has been revealed during the interrogation of Davinder Singh, who was arrested after police found two militants in his vehicle.

New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday said it has recommended to the government that disgraced J&K Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh be sacked from duty.

"He has been suspended, we are recommending his sacking to the government," news agency ANI quoted Director General of Police Dilbag Singh as saying. "We cannot share right now what has been revealed during the interrogation."

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will soon take over the case.

The necessary formalities were being completed in Jammu as well as in the national capital before the probe agency, which has been credited with breaking the nexus between stone-pelters and separatists in Jammu and Kashmir, takes over the case, added officials.

Davinder Singh was arrested on Saturday after police intercepted his vehicle and found two militants — Naveed Babu alias Babar Azam, a resident of Nazneenpora in South Kashmir's Shopian district, and his associate Asif Ahmad — to Chandigarh for providing them accommodation there for a couple of months.

Five grenades were seized from the vehicle and raids at the policeman’s house later led to the recovery of one AK-47 rifle, two pistols and two grenades, besides lakh of rupees.

Naveed Babu was wanted by the police for the murder of 11 civilians, including migrant labourers, truck drivers and fruit merchants, after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution in August.

Some of the NIA members, posted in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, were present during the preliminary questioning of Davinder Singh and Babu, Ahmed and a lawyer, Irfan Ahmad Mir, who has been named as an active overground worker for terror groups by the police.

The officials said in Jammu that all records would be handed over to the NIA after the case was registered by the probe agency.

(With inputs from PTI)