More recently he (Davinder Singh) was a part of the reception committee to welcome the fifteen members of the EU Parliament who visited Kashmir in the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370 (and probably wanted to experience at first hand the spectacle of its locked down population and jailed leaders).
Davinder Singh was arrested in southern Kashmir on Saturday (Jan 11th) in an operation by his colleagues of the JKP, who intercepted the car he was riding in with two very senior militants and a cache of weapons. The police have said his is a “heinous crime” and that they are treating him as a militant.
Most people may not know who DSP Davinder Singh is. But for many long years he has loomed over those who have studied and written about the December 13, 2001 Parliament Attack – a malign presence whose impunity knew no bounds.
Asked at a press conference on Sunday (Jan 12) about Davinder Singh’s role in the Parliament Attack, Kashmir’s Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said, “There is nothing as such in our records nor do I know anything about it… We will question him on this.”
This ignorance cannot but be a posture. Those questions have been asked by others thirteen years ago. Some of the critical people who could have answered them aren’t here anymore. Afzal Guru has been hanged (to “satisfy the collective conscience of society”). S.A.R Geelani is dead.
For the Police and Intelligence Agencies to pretend that Davinder Singh’s activities have hit them like a bolt from the blue is extremely hard to believe. So, the question is: Why now? What new plotline and bad script are we going to be expected to swallow?
Here RAIOT republishes Arundhati Roy’s introduction to 13 December, A Reader: The Strange Case of the Attack on the Indian Parliament (Delhi, Penguin India, 2006). It was published six years before Afzal Guru was hanged. And Davinder Singh has a starring role in it. Today, thirteen years later, the thirteen questions she poses in this piece remain unanswered.
Like Afzal Guru all those years ago, today it is Davinder Singh who is the Man Who Knows Too Much. Will they silence him? Will they cut him loose? Or will he come out as the hero of a deep counter-intelligence operation that even his colleagues didn’t know about? Nothing can be taken at face value. What is the next chapter going to be?—Credit: raiot.in