Decorated Rebel Fighter Held With Militant Duo, Arms Recovered
SRINAGAR: In a surprising development, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have arrested a decorated police officer along with two militants.
The arrest took place in Mir Bazaar belt of south Kashmir Kulgam district. Identified as Devinder Singh, the DySP rank officer was the No 2 at the Srinagar airport. He was part of the host delegation that received the group of 15 diplomats who flew to Srinagar early this week.
He is supposed to take care of the anti-hijacking and overall security of the Srinagar airport. Reports appearing in media suggest that the police intercepted the officer’s vehicle and arrested two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants and recovered five grenades from it.
“Two AK-47 rifles were recovered in a subsequent raid at the officer’s residence,” IANS quoted a source saying. It was not immediately known where he was driving the top militant and his associate. Singh quickly jumped the ladder after joining the anti-militancy Special Operations Group (SOG).
Almost 24 hours after,IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar confirmed the arrest of DySp along with two militants in south Kashmir.
“Yesterday during an operation in Shopian, one Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) was arrested along with two wanted Hizbul Mujahideen militants, while they were travelling together in a vehicle on National Highway,” he said while addressing a press conference in Srinagar.
IGP Vijay Kumar said the arrested officer will be interrogated by all security agencies and will be treated like the other arrested militants. “Interrogation is underway,” he said.
“We have taken serious note of the police officer who was arrested with two top militants in Anantnag. We are interrogating him,” Vijay Kumar said.
He said that a case under FIR NO: 5/2020 has been registered under relevant sections of law in this regard.
He said that the men were apprehended by Deputy Inspector General of police (South Kashmir).
Earlier, he was in news during the Parliament attack case when the key accused in the case, Afzal Guru named him in letters to his lawyers. Guru was convicted and hanged. Police moved Singh out of counter militancy operations and parked him in the Traffic Police and the Police Control Room before posting him at the Srinagar airport. In between his services were placed under suspension.
Police identified the two militants as Syed Naveed Mushtaq alias (Naveed Babu) and Asif. They are being held responsible for mounting series of attacks on the security grid, mostly in south Kashmir. Naveed is a resident of Nazneenpora in Pulwama who is a police deserter.
A police source said they have searched his Srinagar residence, close to the headquarters of the 15 Corps.