Jammu & Kashmir: 6 govt staffers sacked over ‘terror links’
Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard during a strict curfew in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir on September 8, 2019. (Photo by TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP via Getty Images)
SIX employees of the government in Jammu and Kashmir, including two police constables, were on Wednesday (22) sacked for alleged links with terrorists, official sources said.
According to reports, the government initiated the steps after a designated committee in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir tasked with scrutinising cases under Article 311(2)(c) of the Indian Constitution recommended the removal of the six employees from government service over terror links.
Under the constitutional provision, the government is empowered to sack employees without an inquiry if “the President or the Governor, as the case may be, is satisfied that in the interest of the security of the State, it is not expedient to hold such inquiry”.
Two police constables among the sacked
The six employees who got sacked are Abdul Hamid Wani, a teacher from Bijbehara in Anantnag of Jammu and Kashmir, who allegedly worked as a district commander of the now-defunct terror group Allah Tigers; constable Jaffer Hussain Butt from Kishtwar in Jammu region who allegedly gave his car to Hizbul terrorists and facilitated their safe movement; junior assistant Mohammad Rafi Butt, also a resident of Kishtwar who allegedly logistical support to Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists in Kishtwar; Liyaqat Ali Kakroo, a resident of Baramulla in North Kashmir and a teacher by profession who was arrested in 2001 which “revealed that he was a locally trained terrorist”; Tariq Mehmood Kohli, a resident of Poonch who was allegedly involved in smuggling of illegal arms, ammunition, explosives, including hard drugs and fake Indian currency notes and constable, Showkat Ahmad Khan, a resident of Budgam in Central Kashmir, who was allegedly involved in looting of weapons from a local lawmaker’s house.
The order came just days after the administration of Jammu and Kashmir issued an order on periodic charter and antecedents verification of government employees, Indian daily Hindustan Times reported.
As per instructions issued by the general administration department of Jammu and Kashmir, every government employee is compulsorily required to maintain integrity and allegiance to India and its Constitution. Last week, the local administration said government employees would be denied passports till they got cleared from their respective departments.
In July, the government sacked 11 of its employees, including sons of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and two from the police department for allegedly working as overground workers for terror outfits, officials recently said.