SRINAGAR — Six Jammu and Kashmir government employees including two cops have been sacked for allegedly having links with militancy and working as overground workers.
Quoting unnamed sources, KDC reported that the employees have been dismissed under Article 311 of the Indian Constitution, under which no inquiry is held and dismissed employees can only approach a high court for relief.
The sacked employees were identified as Hamid Wani from Bijbehara Anantnag (Teacher), Jaffer Hussain Butt from Kishtwar (Constable), Mohammad Rafi Butt from Kishtwar (Junior Assistant, Road & Building Department), Liyaqat Ali Kakroo from Baramulla (Teacher), Tariq Mehmood Kohli from Poonch (Range Officer, Forest Department) and Showkat Ahmad Khan from Budgam (Constable).
This provision gives the government the power 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”.
This is the third such incident in the recent months. In July, two police constables, sons of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, and some teachers were among eleven government employees sacked by the J&K administration for allegedly being involved in militancy activities.
Earlier in May, the administration had sacked three government employees.
Pertinently, the J&K government initiated the steps after a designated committee in the union territory mandated to scrutinize cases under Article 311(2)(c) of the Indian Constitution that recommended the dismissal of employees from government service for militancy links.