NIA raids underway in Kashmir, DySP Davinder’s house searched again

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Srinagar

The NIA and Jammu and Kashmir Police carried out searches at residences of Over Ground Worker (OGW) of militants Farooq Ahmed Thokar and active Hizbul militant Omar Dhobi in Shopian of South Kashmir on Monday, IANS quoted sources as having said.

Searches were also being carried out in Tral in Pulwama district at the ancestral house of suspended Deputy SP Davinder Singh, the report quoted sources as saying.

The J&K police has denied reports by sections of media that searches were carried out at an IPS officers residence in Shopian. “News reports on NIA searches at IPS officer’s residence in Shopian is fake,” IANS quoted SSP Shopian Sandeep Chaudhary as having said.

The NIA has also shifted its focus to north Kashmir, where the house of a Power Development Department (PDD) employee was raided. The house of Fayaz Mir, a Hizbul Mujahideen militant arrested on January 30 from Kupwara’s Mir Mohalla Bumhama, was also raided.

Officials said the NIA seized a laptop, two mobile phones, two pen-drives and five passports from the residence of the PDD employee.

On Sunday, the National Investigation Agency and the state police carried out fresh raids on locations of DSP Devinder Singh, Hizb militants Naveed Babu and Rafi Ahmad and a law school dropout Irfan Ahmad.

On Saturday a 20-member NIA team arrived in Kashmir to collect more facts about Davinder Singh who was arrested by J&K police while transporting three people including two Hizbul Mujahideen militants, Naveed Babu and Rafi Ahmed, and Irfan Ahmad to Jammu on January 11.

The team led by a DIG rank officer went to Anantnag and held a meeting with the police officials, sources said.

NIA officials are currently interrogating Singh in Jammu after the agency got his transit remand.

Last week the DG NIA, YC Modi, reviewed investigations into the case that has shaken the security establishment.

After initial investigations by J&K police, the case was handed to the NIA.

The report said that according to sources Babu, Ahmed and Mir had planned a travel to Pakistan after reaching Jammu.

After Singh’s arrest, J&K police conducted multiple raids at his residences in Srinagar.

Singh was posted with the anti-hijacking wing of J&K police in Srinagar, and was part of the security staff that received a group of foreign ambassadors who visited Kashmir last month, including the US envoy, IANS reported.

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