DSP Devinder Singh, four others sent to 15-day NIA custody


A Special Court of the National Investigation Agency (NIA)  sent the arrested DSP Davinder Singh, who was held with two militants in Kashmir, and four co-accused to 15-day NIA remand, reported The Tribune.

According to report, Devinder Singh was produced before the court of Special Judge NIA Jammu Subash C Gupta, who granted him 15 days’ police remand to the NIA, along with other accused comprising Syed Naveed Mushtaq Shah, alias Naveed Baba, Irfan Safi Mir, Rafi Ahmed Rather and Syed Irfan Ahmad, alias Irfan.

The NIA, which shifted Singh and other accused to J&K on Wednesday, had sought a 15-day custody to interrogate all accused.

The special Judge NIA after going through the case diary (CD) file observed that the facts and circumstances of the case, gravity and heinousness of the crime as involved in the present matter, submissions made by the investigative officer and the stage of the probe of the case, was of the considered view that the custodial interrogation of the accused was imperative to facilitate the ongoing investigation.

The court directed the investigating officer of the NIA to arrange the medical examination of the accused persons after every 48 hours during the remand period.

The Double Cross?

On January 11, a team of the J&K Police had arrested Devinder Singh, Hizbul Mujahideen commander Syed Naveed Mushtaq and his associates Rafi Ahmad Rather and advocate Irfan Shafi when they were travelling to Jammu. Immediately after the arrest, the police raided Singh’s residence at Indira Nagar in Srinagar and recovered two rifles.

Later, the J&K Police recommended that the case be shifted to the NIA. After nod from the Home Ministry, the NIA took over the case last week and registered an FIR.

Soon after taking over the case, a seven-member team of the Central agency was in the Valley. The NIA also raided at least two locations in Srinagar on Wednesday in connection with the arrests, reported The Tribune.


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