The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a chargesheet against disgraced Jammu and Kashmir Police Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh.
In a statement, the NIA said, "The investigation has revealed that accused were part of a deep-rooted conspiracy hatched by the Pakistan-based terrorist organization Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Pakistani state agencies to commit violent acts and to wage war against the Union of India."
NIA officials confirmed to CNN News18 the chargesheet was filed in Jammu court against Singh and his aides. Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists Naveed Mushtaq alias Babu, his brother Irfan Mushtaq, Rafi Ahmed Rather, former president of Cross Loc Trade Association Tanveer Ahmed and lawyer Irfan Shafi Mir have been charged under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
On January 11, 2020, Singh was arrested at a check point near Qazigund in Anantnag district while allegedly ferrying terrorists out of Srinagar to Jammu.
During a search of the vehicle they were travelling in, security forces recovered an AK-47 Rifle, three Pistols and a cache of ammunition and explosives. The car was being driven by Mir, who also owned it. Naveed Mushtaq, the district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (Shopian and Ganderbal) and Rafi Ahmad Rather were the other passengers of the car.
Singh, who has since been suspended, was allegedly in constant touch with Pakistan High Commission officials and helped terrorists cross over from Kashmir Valley to Jammu. He also allegedly helped them find shelter outside the valley.
Sources said the detailed chargesheet runs into thousands of pages and mentions the role of one Shafaqat, an assistant in the Pakistan High Commission.
A probe by NIA revealed that Irfan Mir had played a key role in connecting Singh with Hizbul Mujahideen, while Tanveer Ahmed is accused of passing on Indian currencies to Naveed Mushtaq. The investigation is still ongoing in the case against accused like Tariq Ahmed Mir who was arrested on charges of conspiracy.
Officers said Singh and lawyer Irfan Mir arranged safe shelter for terrorists in Jammu. Singh also used his own vehicle for the movement of Hizbul terrorists to shield Naveed Mushtaq from the heightened surveillance of security agencies. He assured them of providing shelter and procuring weapons.
The NIA investigation, however, has made no mention of Singh's role in the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed last year. Singh was posted in Pulwama a few months before the attack had taken place and the Opposition had demanded a probe in his alleged role. The NIA statement in the case says probe is underway against other accused.
The agency has accused Singh of conspiring with Pakistani agencies and terror organisations to wage war against India. "The investigation has revealed that Pakistan-based leadership of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) namely Sayeed Salahudeen, Amir Khan, deputy chief of HM, Khursheed Alam operational head of HM, Nazar Mehmood, HM financial head, and others along with Pakistani establishment are extending support to the cadre and commanders of HM based in Jammu and Kashmir," the statement said.
Further, the NIA said money was given to Irfan Mir by Pakistan High Commission officials to organise anti-India seminars in Kashmir. The agency said Singh was being "groomed by Pakistan high commission to obtain sensitive documents."
"The investigation also revealed that accused Irfan Shafi Mir not only met Hizb-ul-Mujahideen leadership in Pakistan, but also met Umar Cheema, Ahshan Chaudhary, Sohail Abbas and others of ISI and he was tasked to identify and activate new hawala channels for transfer of money for sustaining terrorist activities in Kashmir valley. Investigation also revealed that certain officials of Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi were in constant touch with Irfan Shafi Mir who was provided with funds to organise seminars in J&K to mobilise the masses against Government of India.
"Irfan Shafi Mir also used to receive instructions and money from Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi and also facilitated the visa applications for a number of Kashmiris for their visit to Pakistan. Singh was also in touch with certain officials of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi through secure social media platforms," NIA said.
Ex-police constable Naveed Babu who had deserted the force and decamped with weapons had killed labourers and truck drivers in Kashmir, the NIA said. Babu and Tanveer Ahmed are said to have obtained weapons and ammunition from across the border with the help of arms smugglers and Singh. These weapons were later used for terrorist activities.
The chargesheet has been filed under UAPA sections 18, 19, 20, 38 & 39 which deal with conspiracy, harbouring of a terrorist, membership of a terrorist group and also under certain sections of the Arms Act and Explosive Substance Act.