In a major development in the tainted Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Davinder Singh case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday, April 30, said that it has arrested an alleged terrorist and a former sarpanch of Maldoora, Tariq Ahmed Mir for providing logistic support to terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.
Tariq Ahmed Mir was aligned to the National Conference (NC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Kashmir Valley. He has two residences and has been married twice. The NIA is looking at second wife's links in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, though the agency said, she is currently not under the scanner.
According to reports, Tariq Ahmad Mir was an arms conduit who provided logistic support and arms to Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Naveed Babu. Mir is an alleged arms dealer, who unsuccessfully contested the 2014 assembly election on a BJP ticket as well.
An NIA official related to the probe told IANS, "We have arrested Mir for his alleged role in providing logistic support to terrorists in Kashmir for long.
The official further said that Mir has provided support to the terrorists in Kashmir on a number of occasions and was active with terrorists for long.
An NIA source related to the probe also said that Mir was in touch with Singh, who is being probed by the anti-terror probe agency.
"We have verified that he was in touch with Singh for some time. We will probe their relations and also probe if any other police officers were in touch with Mir," the source added.
The source further said that in the coming days few more arrests will be made.
Who is Davinder Singh?
Davinder Singh was also a controversial cop in the Valley; his name first came into the picture when Parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru had levelled a serious allegation against the officer.
In a written affidavit, Guru has alleged that Singh had forced him to ferry 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.
Notably, this was the same ambassador that was used for the deadly attack on the Indian parliament which claimed the lives of 9 security personnel. But the security agencies dismissed all the allegations against Singh and a probe was never ordered.
On January 11, police arrested Singh on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway when he was transporting Naveed, Rafi and Irfan to Jammu.
After initial investigations by the J&K Police the case was handed to the NIA.
Police sources said that the two terrorists and the lawyer had planned a travel to Pakistan after reaching Jammu.
Singh was later shifted from Srinagar to Jammu on a transit remand where an NIA team questioned him. After his arrest by the J&K police, multiple raids were conducted at his residence in Srinagar.
Singh was posted with the anti-hijacking wing of J&K Police in Srinagar, and was part of the security staff that had received a group of foreign diplomats who visited Kashmir.
(With IANS inputs)