A chase to nab two terrorists ended in the capture of a decorated Jammu and Kashmir police officer on Saturday, after the state police apprehended Davinder Singh, who is presently posted as the deputy superintendent of police at the airport, was detained along with militants Naveed Babu and Altaf.
While Singh, an officer decorated with the Presidential Gallantry Medal, last year, was reportedly ferrying militants from Shopian in south Kashmir outside the valley area, his caoyure sheds light on the growing number of police officials in the region who have taken to militancy.
In September 2018, special police officer posted with the People’s Democratic Party MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir fled with at least eight weapons including the licensed pistol of the legislator from his official residence in Srinagar.
"The operation was carried out after a tip off and a deputy superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police and two militants were detained from a car in south Kashmir," a person familiar with the developments said.
News agency PTI reported that Deputy Inspector General of South Kashmir Atul Goyal was supervising the operation and caught the car at a police barricade at Mir Bazar in Kulgam of south Kashmir.
J&K police officilas stated that two AK rifles were seized from the car. A search was also conducted at Singh's residence and the police seized two pistols and one AK rifle, the officials said.
Other officials who were familiar with the operation said that they were tracking Naveed Babu's movements and the trio's location was traced after he made a phone call to his brother.