Davinder’s B’desh visits being investigated: Dilbag

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/21/2020 1:10:09 AM

‘De-radicalisation camps will be good’

SRINAGAR, Jan 20: Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh on Monday said that the Bangladesh visits of DSP Davinder Singh, who was arrested with Hizbul Mujahideen militants a few days back, was being investigated.
While addressing a press conference here, the DGP also backed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat's idea of starting a programme for counter-radicalisation of youth in the Union Territory.
With regard to other questions about sacked police officer Davinder Singh, DGP said there was no bar on investigating past crimes committed by him (DySP).
He backed Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat's idea of starting a programme for counter-radicalisation of youth in the Union Territory. Asked if there is a need for de-radicalisation centres in Kashmir, Singh said such camps would help “those who have gone astray.” “If any such facility comes up in Kashmir that will be a good sign, it should happen. It'll definitely help people, especially those who have gone astray,” Singh said here.
“If some sensible kind of arrangement is made where good people from the civil society and experts who deal with the subject and relevant aspects of religion and other things... I think that will be a good development. That kind of things should be welcomed,” the police chief said.
With regard to Bangladesh visits of DySP Davinder Singh, who was arrested with Hizbul Mujahideen militants a few days back, the DGP said that they were being investigated.
“It has come to our knowledge that his (Davinder's) daughters studied in Bangladesh. It is being investigated if his visits were only restricted to that angle,” Singh said. He, however, further added that it would not be appropriate for him to comment on a case that has been transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
“That case has been transferred to NIA, it will not be right for me to make a comment on it. Some findings have come out, they are before NIA. His custody is being given to the investigating agency. It is being investigated in the right direction,” said Singh.
He, however, added, “There is no bar on investigating any complaints against him (Davinder Singh) if we receive a formal complaint.”
The DGP was responding to a question about reports that the sacked police officer had committed several illegal acts in early years of his career but those acts were overlooked. A senior police officer posted with the strategic anti-hijacking team at the Srinagar airport, Davinder Singh was arrested along with two militants whom he was allegedly ferrying in a car in Kashmir Valley.
“You are talking about incidents occurred long ago. The officers concerned at that time must have looked into it. But there is no bar on investigating if something comes to the fore formally,” he said. Asked if the arrested DSP had named other policemen who were in league with him, the DGP said the investigation into the case was going on and it was not proper for him to comment.
“There might be more disclosures in the coming times we will share with you but for the time being, we cannot comment on it,” he added.

 

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