J&K Police say no MHA gallantry medal given to disgraced DySP

Davinder Singh was arrested while he was ferrying the two terrorists — Naveed Baba and Altaf — in a car | File Photo

Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday (January 14) clarified that suspended officer Davinder Singh, who was arrested while travelling with two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, was not awarded any gallantry or meritorious medal by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Meanwhile, sources confirmed that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other top agencies will probe Singh’s case. His house was raided again on Tuesday for the fourth time.

The police on Tuesday termed reports claiming the Singh was awarded gallantry medal by MHA as false, and said the only gallantry medal he received during his service was given by the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state on Independence Day last year. The recipient of the gallantry medal by the MHA was another officer with the same name, it said.

“It is to clarify that DySp Davinder Singh is not awarded any Gallantry or Meritorious Medal by MHA as has been reported by some media outlets/persons. Only gallantry medal awarded to him during his service is by the erstwhile J&K State on Independence Day 2018,” the Jammu and Kashmir Police said in a tweet.

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Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Singh was arrested on Saturday in Kulgam district’s Mir Bazar while he was ferrying the two terrorists — Naveed Baba and Altaf — in a car. A lawyer, who was working as overground worker for terror outfits, was also in the vehicle.

Some media reports claimed Singh was awarded the police medal for meritorious services on Independence Day last year. Singh, who was posted as DySP in the anti-hijacking squad, is being grilled by a team of police and intelligence investigators, police said on Monday. His office at Srinagar airport has been sealed, they said.

According to police, searches were carried out at Singh’s residence here, right next to the Army’s XV corps headquarters at Badami Bagh cantonment, where he had sheltered Naveed, Altaf and a new joinee in the banned terror outfit. Two pistols, an AK rifle and a large quantity of ammunition were seized from his residence, they said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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