Allegations of stoking unrest, JK govt sacks 12 employees

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh at a public event in Jammu. In a setback to PDP, its sitting MP from Srinagar, Tariq Hameed Karra announced his decision to quit the party and Srinagar Lok Sabha seat on September 15, 2016.

File Photo of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh at a public event in Jammu. Photo – PTI

Amid the ongoing unrest in the Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Kashmir government has terminated services of 12 employees for allegedly indulging in anti-national activities after dossiers were prepared against them. The valley has been witnessing spike in tension following clashes between the security forces and local protestors since July.

The employees, who were dismissed from government service, belong to various departments including Revenue, Public Health Engineering, Rural Development and Education Department, a senior government official said.

The state government invoked Article 126 of Jammu and Kashmir Constitution for dismissing these employees, the official said.

According to reports, some of these employees have been arrested and booked under Public Safety Act while others are either out on bail or evading arrest.

Srinagar: Protesters throw stones on security forces during a clash in Srinagar, August 9, 2016. Photo - PTI

Srinagar: Protesters throw stones on security forces during a clash in Srinagar, August 9, 2016.
Photo – PTI

The intelligence wing of the state police last month had prepared a dossier against 36 employees for fomenting trouble in Kashmir and inciting youth to violence. The dossier was sent to Chief Secretary’s office for further action.

State government employees have been allegedly found involved in anti-national activities in the past as well and some of them were dismissed from service.

Education Minister Naeem Akhtar was among five government employees dismissed from service by the state government in 1990 for his alleged involvement in anti-national activities. Their services were later restored after employees went on a mass strike for nearly three months.

More than 90 people, including two policemen, have been killed during the unrest which began following the encounter killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani on July 8.

The fragile situation in the valley was also discussed in the Parliament during Monsoon Session followed by an all-party MP delegation visit to Srinagar and Jammu.

Opposition parties in the state have been criticising the ruling PDP-BJP coalition government and especially Chief Minister Mehbooa Mufti over the violence and protests across the valley.