SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday ordered the termination of 11 government employees, including the two sons of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, for their alleged involvement in anti-national and terrorist activities, official sources said.
This is the second such move in recent months. Earlier, the LG-led government had sacked three government employees in May for their involvement in terror activities.
These employees were 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.
Two of these employees — Syed Shakeel Yousuf (medical assistant at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar) and Syed Shahid Yousuf (Agriculture Department worker) — are sons of terrorist Salahuddin.
Syed Shahid was arrested by the National Investigation Agency in June, 2018 and Shakeel was apprehended in August, 2018 for receiving funding.
Salahuddin has five sons and two daughters.
One of his sons, Abdul Wahid, is a doctor who holds an MBBS degree. He got admission at a private medical college in Jammu but later migrated to the Government Medical College in Srinagar in violation of rules.
Salahuddin’s fifth son, Syed Majid Yousuf, works at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) and was appointed via backdoor channels.
Interestingly, all his children have been appointed in various government positions through such means, with most of these appointments taking place when the state government was headed by Mufti Sayeed.
Two cops, teachers among those dismissed
The three officials recommended for dismissal in the second meeting of the committee included an orderly of the ITI in Kupwara, who was an over ground worker (OGW) of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.
He was providing information to terrorists about the movement of security forces, and abetting and harbouring terrorists to carry out activities in a clandestine manner.
Besides him, there were two teachers from Anantnag in South Kashmir who were found involved in anti-national activities, including participating, supporting and propagating secessionist ideology of the Jamat-Islami (JeI) and Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM).
The other eight government employees recommended for dismissal included two constables of Jammu & Kashmir Police, who have supporting terrorism from within the police department. They were found to be providing inside information to the terrorists as well as logistical support.
One constable, Abdul Rashid Shigan, himself executed attacks on the security forces. He is in jail for terror activities.
Another government employee with the terror link is Naaz Mhammad Allaie, an orderly of the health department.
He was an over ground worker of Hizbul Mujahideen and has a history of direct involvement in terrorist activities. He had also harboured two dreaded terrorists at his residence.
Employees Jabbar Ahmad Paray and Nisar Ahmad Tantray of the education department, now terminated from service, were actively involved in furthering the secessionist agenda unleashed by terror-sponsors from Pakistan and are Jamat-e-Islami ideologists.
Shaheen Ahmad Lone, an inspector of the power department, has been found involved in smuggling and transporting of arms for the Hizbul Mujahideen.
He was found travelling along with two terrorists on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and carrying arms, ammunition and explosives in January last year, the officials said.
Out of the 11 employees dismissed, four are from Anantnag, three from Budgam, one each from Baramulla, Srinagar, Pulwama and Kupwara.
Out of these, four were working in the Education Department, two in Jammu Kashmir Police and one each in Agriculture, Skill Development, Power, SKIMS and Health Departments.