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Davinder Singh case: NIA arrests LoC trade chief Tanveer Wani

The latest person to be arrested in Davinder Singh case is former president of the LoC Traders' Association Tanveer Ahmed Wani. He is the sixth person to be arrested in regards to this case.

Davinder Singh case: NIA arrests LoC trade chief Tanveer Wani
New Delhi, First Published Feb 14, 2020, 9:52 AM IST
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New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested former president of the LoC Traders' Association, Tanveer Ahmed Wani, from Delhi in connection with suspended Jammu and Kashmir DSP Davinder Singh case.

The arrest was made two days ago. This was the sixth arrest in the matter. Earlier this month, NIA conducted a raid at the Tral residence of Davinder Singh, who was arrested on charges of trying to assist terrorists to travel outside Jammu and Kashmir last month.

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The agency has earlier carried out raids at multiple locations in Kashmir in connection with the case.

The NIA has registered a case and started investigations in the matter after it was instructed by the ministry of home affairs on January 16.

Davinder was arrested on January 11 in Kulgam while he was ferrying Naveed, who is known to be a close aide of Hizb commander Riyaz Naikoo, his accomplice Asif and lawyer Irfan Mir to Jammu in his car. A team led by DIG Atul Goel had flagged the i10 car on Srinagar-Jammu highway based on intelligence inputs that Naveed was travelling in the car. Later, NIA arrested Naveed’s brother Irfan Mushtaq who is pursuing a PhD course in Punjab.

Investigations by the NIA have also revealed that Davinder was supposed to keep Naveed and his associate in a rented accommodation for the winter and then facilitate his entry into Pakistan.

“When he was caught, he was actually transporting Naveed to Jammu where he was supposed to stay for the winter. After that they were supposed to leave for Pakistan. We are probing what route they were to take to reach Pakistan. Davinder was negotiating between Rs 20-30 lakh for this job. He hadn’t been paid the full amount yet though,” a security establishment officer told The Indian Express.

In fact, Davinder had similarly transported Naveed to Jammu in 2019 and provided him shelter in Jammu during the winters. “He has been in touch with Naveed for years and has been on his payroll. He has been regularly receiving money from Hizb-ul-Mujahideen,” the officer said.

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