05 February 2020

The arrest of a counter-insurgency DySP, Davinder Singh, who was decorated for gallantry by the president in 2018, and posted now with the security and anti-hijacking unit of J&K police along with two senior Hizbul Mujahideen militants, and the recovery of two AK-47 rifles from his quarters has led to many serious questions including his involvement in the parliament attack case of 2001 and many other cases in which he was involved. In 2003 Afzal Guru who was given death sentence for alleged involvement in the parliament attack case by arranging accommodation and vehicle for one Mohammed who was among those who attacked the parliament, had informed the authorities through his lawyer that he was implicated in the case as those arrangements for Mohammed were made by him under the instructions from this officer, Davinder Singh. Strangely, according to the IGP (Kashmir) this allegation was never investigated, Afzal Guru was hanged and Davinder Singh went on to get even the gallantry award.

Many reports about police, para-military, military and intelligence forces using surrendered militants or terrorists to trap the terrorists, and reports of many intelligence and counter intelligence moves by the authorities are frequently coming out. As a result, many cases of innocent people getting tortured, jailed or even killed during these moves are also reported. What is happening in J&K is most atrocious cases of a state-led terrorism, with so many state forces involved in it, with very little accountability continuing for decades, and reaching its climax now under Modi rule. So, Davinder Singh like officers flourish with impunity. Why he is arrested now, what is the truth behind it may not come out, or may come out only very late. At the same time, let us recollect how much sloganeering is continued by the RSS parivar condemning Afzal Guru and those who criticize the injustice done to him as tukda, tukda gangs!

It is in this context, what happened to the CRPF convoy in Phulwama during February 2019 in which 44 jawans were killed raises many questions like, why such a long convoy was allowed to move without intelligence clearance on sanitizing the route and why the investigation report about it is not published yet etc becomes very relevant. Such vital information, especially about J&K are kept out of RTI also as official secrets. With the arrest of Davinder Sungh, a senior security officer along with wanted terrorists, many doubts raised about the way Phulwama happened followed by Balakot, which gave the fuel for Modi and co to whip up muscular nationalism and Pakphobia to sideline all other issues including the intensifying economic slow-down, and manage a facile victory become more relevant today. Not only Kashmir is bleeding, it is utilized by RSS/BJP to manipulate the national politics through a flurry of post truths

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