New Delhi, June 19 : Despite bail to suspended Jammu and Kashmir DSP on Friday in a terror-related case by a Delhi court, National Investigation Agency (NIA) said that he will remain in judicial custody in the case being probed by it.
“We have adequate evidence against him and he will be chargesheeted in the due course,” an agency official said.
The anti-terror probe agency”s reaction came after the Delhi court granted bail to Singh, who was arrested in January while allegedly ferrying two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway, after the Delhi Police failed to file the charge sheet within the stipulated time period.
The NIA had taken over the case registered by Jammu and Kashmir Police in January this year.
The Ministry of Home Affairs approved the case transfer to the NIA following revelations by Singh during his interrogation by a joint team of the NIA, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the Intelligence Bureau (IB), and Jammu and Kashmir Police”s CID.
On January 11, Jammu and Kashmir Police intercepted a car at Mir Bazaar ahead of the Jawahar tunnel in Kulgam district and arrested Singh while he was travelling to Jammu along with two top Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists — Naveed Babu and Asif Ahmad — and lawyer Rafi Ahmad.
The police had intercepted the vehicle while tracking the movements and location of Babu, a former Special Police Officer, when he made a phone call to his brother.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police Special Cell is probing Singh and Syed Naveed Mushtaq”s role in alleged planning of a terror attack.
Singh was in judicial custody in Hira Nagar Jail in Jammu and Kashmir till June 16. Besides Singh, accused Javed Iqbal, Syed Naveed Mushtaq, and Imran Shafi Mir are also in custody.
Delhi Police”s Special Cell had brought Singh from Hira Nagar Jail to the national capital in March for interrogation in another case.
Police had earlier told the court that Mushtaq, alleged to be Hizbul Mujahiddeen commander of Shopian district, along with other militants, were planning to execute a terror attack in Delhi and other parts of the country and targeted killings of protected persons.
In this connection, the Delhi Police had filed an FIR which stated that the youths of Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab are being trained for carrying out terrorist activities.
In early 2000s, Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru wrote to his lawyer making sensational claims against Jammu and Kashmir police officer Davinder Singh, who was caught escorting Hizbul Mujahdeen militants to Delhi with assault rifle.
As per information, Afzal Guru had written a letter to his lawyer Sushil Kumar describing how he was tortured by Davinder Singh and forced to take terrorists led by some Mohammad to Delhi for Parliament attack. If one reads that letter, one can understand the situation under which Afzal Guru had to comply with the instruction of Davinder Singh.
According to various media reports, Afzal Guru has repeated the same thing (written in the letter) in an interview to deputy editor of Caravan, Vinod K Josh in 2006. Similarly, in same 2006, Davinder Singh admitted to a Kashmir Journalist Parvez Bukhari that he had tortured Afzal Guru while investigating about a terrorist Gazi Baba. Afzal Guru was neither officially arrested nor there’s any record of interrogation.
Coming back to Afzal Guru’s role in Parliament attack. If the above revelations are true, then the only crime of Afzal Guru in 2001 Parliament attack would be just not informing to Delhi Police regarding such a probable attack. But considering the threat to his family and constant threatening by Davinder Singh, he might not have the courage to do so. Thus, the crime is there but not as serious as to be given capital punishment. Even SC in its verdict cleared that all evidence against Afzal Guru is circumstantial although cognizable.
Will the present government do a detailed investigation and punish the guilty? Or Afzal Guru will just continue to remain as a political tool?
Was Afzal Guru wrongly hanged?