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DySP Davinder Singh 'black sheep', credit goes to police for identifying him: J&K LG's advisor


JAMMU: Terming DySP Davinder Singh, arrested in the company of two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, a "black sheep", J&K LG GC Murmu's Advisor Farooq Khan on Tuesday said the credit to identify and nab him goes to the police which has a history of making thousands of sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.

He said the operations against terrorists would continue till the menace is finished from the Union Territory.

Police had arrested Singh at Mir Bazar in Kulgam district of south Kashmir along with Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists Naveed Baba and Altaf, besides an unidentified lawyer who was working as an overground worker for terror outfits.

"In any organisation, there is a black sheep and he was the one in the police. The credit goes to the police for identifying this black sheep and unveil the conspiracy (which he was hatching with terrorists)," Khan, a retired IPS officer who was instrumental in breaking the backbone of militancy in the 1990s, told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

He refused to divulge details of the ongoing investigation in the case but said the case would be probed from all angles.

"The investigation into the case is continuing and all aspects will be looked into," he said, adding "I will not like to speak on details of the investigation so far".

On political reactions to the arrest, he said, "I would not like to comment on them but such incidents, which have a direct bearing on the security, should not be made a political issue."

Responding to a question about the impact of Singh's arrest on the image of the police force, Khan pointed out that even the people who nabbed the DySP were policemen.

"It (the arrest of DySP) will have no bearing on the image of the police. The uniform of the police is full of the blood of its martyrs. Thousands have sacrificed their lives and so one black sheep or one rotten fish cannot contaminate the police pond," he said.

He said the operation against terrorists is continuing and in the past, at least six terrorists were killed.

"I do not go in the number game (how many terrorists are still active) but a strict vigil is being maintained on militants and operations to nab or neutralize them are on. They will continue till terrorism is finished," Khan said.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena Dogra Front (SSDF) activists led by its president Ashok Gupta staged a demonstration against the arrested officer here and demanded capital punishment for him.

"There should be a speedy trial in the case through a fast-track court and the culprits including the officer should be handed over death sentence," said Gupta.

He said Singh had brought a bad name to the police force which has made numerous sacrifices in the fight against terrorism over the past 30 years.