SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir administration has sacked Hizbul Mujahideen’s chief Syed Salahuddin’s two sons, two Jamaat-e-Islami activists and seven others from government jobs, Daily Excelsior reported on Saturday.
Quoting unsourced reports, the newspaper reported that 11 government employees were terminated “in the interest of the nation as per the constitutional provisions”.
The designated committee in Union Territory of J&K, responsible for scrutinizing and recommending cases under Article 311(2)(c) of the Indian Constitution, in its second and fourth meeting recommended 3 and 8 cases respectively for their dismissal from the government service.
One among the three employees recommended for dismissal in the second meeting of the committee is an orderly of Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Kupwara, who was allegedly an over-ground worker (OGW) of Lashkar-e-Taiba.
He is accused of providing information to militants about the movement of government forces, abetting and harbouring militants to carry out activities in a clandestine manner.
Two teachers — both from Anantnag district — have also been accused of involvement in anti-national activities including “participating, supporting and propagating the secessionist ideology of Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM)”.
The eight government employees recommended for dismissal in the fourth meeting of the committee include two constables of the Jammu and Kashmir Police who stand accused of supporting militants from within the police department and provided inside information and logistic support to them.
One constable, Abdul Rashid Shigan, has allegedly himself executed attacks on government forces.
Two sons of Hizbul Mujahideen chief, Syed Salahuddin, have also been terminated. The two — Syed Ahmad Shakeel and Shahid Yousuf — stand accused of involvement in funding militants.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has allegedly tracked funding trails of both the persons who have been found involved in raising, receiving, collecting, and transferring funds through Hawala transactions for the activities of Hizbul Mujahideen.
Another government employee accused of links with militants is Naaz Mohammad Allaie, an orderly of the Health Department. He is accused of being an over-ground worker (OGW) of Hizbul Mujahideen and having a history of direct involvement in militant activities. He is also accused of harbouring two wanted militants at his residence.
Meanwhile, two employees of the Education Department have been terminated. Mohammad Jabbar Paray and Nisar Ahmad Tantray are accused of “furthering the secessionist agenda unleashed by the sponsors from Pakistan”. Both are reportedly Jamaat-e-Islami activists.
Shaheen Ahmad Lone, an Inspector of the Power Department, has been accused of involvement in smuggling and transporting arms for Hizbul Mujahideen.
He was allegedly found travelling with two militants on the Srinagar-Jammu highway carrying arms, ammunition, and explosives in January last year.
Out of the 11 employees dismissed, 4 are from Anantnag, 3 from Budgam, 1 each from Baramulla, Srinagar, Pulwama and Kupwara.
Out of these, 4 were working in the Education Department, 2 in the Jammu and Kashmir Police and 1 each in Agriculture, Skill Development, Power, SKIMS and Health departments.