Congress questions Davinder Singh’s role in Pulwama attack

NEW DELHI, Feb 14 (Agencies): On the first anniversary of the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred, the Congress raised questions over the role disgraced Jammu and Kashmir Police DSP Davinder Singh played in the 2019 blast.

The opposition party wondered how an explosive-laden vehicle could reach near the convoy of security personnel in Lethpora in Pulwama district after dodging security arrangements in place and accused the Modi government of evading all such questions.

“What’s the role of suspended DSP Davinder Singh? At whose behest was he working? Who gave him instructions to help in (executing) the Pulwama attack?” Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said.

He alleged that while the world knows that Pakistan is responsible for the Pulwama attack but the BJP-led government is silent on the huge intelligence failure and security lapse in the run-up to the attack.

Earlier, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had also last month raised the issue of Davinder Singh’s role in the Pulwama attack.

On Friday, he again tweeted: “Today, as we remember our 40 CRPF martyrs in the Pulwama attack, let us ask: Who benefited the most from the attack? What is the outcome of the inquiry into the attack? Who in the BJP government has been held accountable for the security lapses that allowed the attack?”

Some vehicles in a convoy of 78 buses carrying around 2,500 security personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway were rammed by an explosive-laden vehicle driven by a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad at Lethpora on February 14 last year, resulting in the deaths of 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel and the attacker.

A Court of Inquiry as well as an internal inquiry by the CRPF into the attack were ordered, though the government is yet to reveal their reports.

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