Ex-NIA IG, who probed Hindutva terror instances, 26/11 and Pathankot assaults, dies


Written by Deeptiman Tiwary
| New Delhi |

Updated: October 17, 2020 7:15:21 pm

Sanjaeev Kumar Singh, IPS, died late on Friday. (Photo: Twitter @Sanjeev99736747)National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) guide and former IPS officer Sanjeev Kumar Singh handed away late on Friday following a haemorrhage suffered throughout a fall. A 1987-batch Madhya Pradesh-cadre officer, Singh was one of many first officers to hitch the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in 2009 and has since investigated many excessive profile and delicate instances together with the Hindutva terror conspiracy instances, the 26/11 assaults and the Pathankot air base assault.
Sources near Singh’s household stated the previous NIA IG was struggling dengue and had a fall throughout a go to to the hospital. The fall induced a haemorrhage that Singh couldn’t get well from.
Singh’s demise has come as a shock to the police fraternity which held him in excessive regard for his integrity and professionalism. “He was also supremely fit, never missed his workouts even after retirement. Most of us called him ‘Chattaan Singh’ (The Rock). In Madhya Pradesh, he was known as the ultimate field officer, extremely sharp at both maintaining law and order and detecting cases. If a criminal is on the loose, there was no better officer than Singh to catch him,” an MP cadre officer advised the Indian Express.
His former colleague within the NIA, IG GP Singh tweeted: “RIP Sanjeev Sir… Maybe God needed you in heaven for some investigation.”
“Those who have watched NIA over the years remember how he would start his day at office with a glass of Sattu (a staple diet among Biharis — Singh hailed from the state) and go jogging at noon, even if it was June. He also never missed his swimming sessions in the evening. “He was someone who liked his team in the field rather than in meetings,” an officer who labored below him stated.
Singh was among the many first crew of officers to hitch the NIA when it was established publish 26/11 assaults and operated out a small workplace within the CGO advanced. Initially, Singh’s crew was solely given instances of pretend foreign money. However, as extra officers joined the federal company, it was given the probe of essentially the most excessive profile case of the time—the blasts carried out throughout India by Hindutva terror teams. It was Singh’s crew that was handed over the duty of monitoring the culprits and bringing them to justice.
The 2006 Malegaon blasts, the Samjhauta Express blasts, the Mecca Masjid blasts and the Ajmer Sharif Dargah blast had been all investigated by Singh in his seven-year stint at NIA. His crew even ensured convictions of two RSS members within the Ajmer Dargah blast case.
He was additionally entrusted with investigating David Coleman Headley within the 26/11 conspiracy and had interrogated him whereas he was within the custody of US businesses. He supervised the NIA investigations into the fear assaults launched by the Indian Mujahideen and secured convictions within the Patna Gandhi Maidan blasts throughout Narendra Modi’s rally and the Bodh Gaya blasts.
When Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked the Pathankot Air Base in 2016, he was once more a part of the investigations.
However, by this time he was additionally taken off the Hindutva terror instances and the 2008 Malegaon blasts probe was handed over to a distinct crew. The NIA later filed a chargesheet exonerating key accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur within the case.
His exit from the NIA in 2018, nevertheless, was below unusual circumstances. Singh utilized for an extension of tenure on the Centre owing to some household points and the matter had been really helpful by then Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi. He was even granted an extension in June that 12 months. However, two months later, the federal government revoked its personal order repatriating Singh to MP.
In his state, Singh had lengthy been related to anti-Naxal operations and held the publish of ADG (Anti-Naxal Operations) in the direction of the shut of his profession. Before retirement, he had a second stint on the Centre as ADG in Border Security Force dealing with the Eastern Command. Following retirement, he was appointed as a guide within the NSCS.
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