As Jammu and Kashmir Police’s suspended DSP Davinder Singh, awaits in Jammu’s Hiranagar after a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court sent him to 15 days judicial custody, the NIA is looking closely through evidence, records and seized materials. Some of them were retrieved from week long raids conducted in North and South Kashmir.
The extended questioning of Davinder Singh has led the probe agency to believe that he was a "lone wolf" that is to say he was acting on his own and not working for any intelligence agency. Sources told India Today that Davinder Singh had been discredited much earlier and could not be counted on.
Critical observation of his mobile phone and various chats also point towards a complicated lifestyle, the sources said.
Apart from regular consumption of alcohol, NIA sources stated their team "discovered his liaison with over a dozen women". He is said to have "spent lavishly on his several affairs". "He is a self-admitted 'sex addict' where he regularly took little blue pills (viagra)," a source told India Today TV.
In about four weeks after his arrest, Davinder Singh appears to be "pale and older", sources said.
They stated that he now often asks police to play hymns on YouTube for him.
The claimed that Davinder Singh’s need for money grew over the years and needed "exorbitant amounts" to maintain his lifestyle.
"Besides being a playboy, he was falling short of money to build a lavish mansion in Srinagar's Indra Nagar. He had to pay fee of his two daughters who are medical students in Bangladesh, and a teenage son studying at a leading school in Srinagar. With the anti-hijacking unit, Singh was doing well for himself, till he was caught red-handed with militants and arms," the sources said.
Davinder Singh became disreputable after he joined SOG, but his name was enmeshed in a number of controversies from making money by selling contraband, charges of extortions and engagement in Trath Gola scam.
Sources aware of the investigation say in due course the greed to make more money made Davinder so blind that he put himself on the course of self-destruction.
Singh is said to have broken down and was crying numerous times with realization that he is about to lose everything he built in his four and a half decade stint with the J&K police. "Just short of retirement, he stands disgraced," they said.
Talking to India Today TV, NIA sources stated, "Singh was providing active help to Hizbul commander Naveed Babu and two of his aides." The NIA has not found any other connection with "anti-national activities".
The sources stated, "Davinder Singh's phone has been sent to CERT-in for recovering deleted WhatsApp chats. Prima facie, no other message, chat or mail showed any reference to anti-national activity."
55-year-old DSP is an expert in counter insurgency and shot into limelight on 11th January after the Jammu and Kashmir police apprehended him while he was transporting two Hizbul terrorists in a vehicle to Jammu.
It is alleged that he had come to an informal agreement with the terrorist that not only will he assist them in crossing the Kashmir valley to Jammu, but will also accommodate terrorist at his safe house till they could flee to Pakistan occupied Kashmir in few months.
According to sources the deal was struck at Rs 40 lakh.
The lawyer Irfan Ahmed, had legally gone to Pakistan four to five times, reportedly met the Hizbul leadership and even visited their office.
A year ago, Davinder Singh allegedly got Naveed and his aide to Jammu and kept them at his Jammu house.
"His chats (with them) were mostly on WhatsApp. He took Rs 12 lakh in cash and the rest in kind-an LED TV and some other goods," the sources said.
The investigating agency also claimed to have come across a money trail which they say displays Irfan Ahmed had paid for Singh’s flight to Srinagar.
During his investigation, Singh reportedly told the probe agency that he would take money from Hizbul and after receiving it, he would get the militants he aided killed in an encounter.
Nevertheless, sources say, "Being caught red-handed is proof enough that DSP Singh was in the wrong. There is no way to substantiate his claims that he would get militants killed, as he was abetting them escape."