Kashmir DSP Davinder Singh suspended, likely to be stripped off Gallantry award

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The nexus between a decorated Jammu and Kashmir Police officer and the terrorists is likely to ruffle many a feather as the past of the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Davinder Singh is going to haunt the intelligence agencies for long.

Following his arrest on Saturday, the Jammu and Kashmir Police has apprised the Ministry of Home Affairs about the arrest, and the Home Secretary has been briefed on the Kulgam encounter.

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Davinder Singh, who had joined the counter-insurgency Special Operations Group (SoG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police as a sub-inspector and he rose quickly to the rank of a DSP in addition to earning the prestigious police medal for gallantry ostensibly for his anti-militancy duties, will now be interrogated by Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing and Military Intelligence teams.

There are chances that Davinder Singh will be stripped off of his Presidents Gallantry Medal award, sources said, adding that the process was under consideration.

Davinder Singh’s name first appeared in the grey zone after Parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru levelled serious allegation against him during his defence in the trial court. But back then both the state police and the intelligence agencies had dismissed those allegations as a figment of a terrorist’s mind.

Afzal Guru had alleged in his defence that Davinder Singh tortured him and threatened to kill his family unless he carried out his directions.

Afzal Guru alleged in a written affidavit and through statements carried in the local media that Davinder Singh had forced him to carry the Parliament attack terrorists to Delhi, hire a flat there and also buy a second-hand white ambassador car for the use of the terrorists.