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Hizb chief Salahuddin’s sons among 11 Kashmir govt employees sacked for alleged anti-India resistance

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has 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 militant organizations, officials said on Saturday.

The 11 employees, who have been dismissed, are from the Jammu Kashmir Police, the education, agriculture, skill development, power and health departments, and the Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS).

Among the employees, four are from Anantnag, three from Budgam, and one each from Baramulla, Srinagar, Pulwama, and Kupwara districts, the officials said.

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.

The officials said that the designated committee in Jammu and Kashmir for scrutinizing such cases, in its second and fourth meeting, recommended the dismissal of three and eight employees, respectively, from government service.

Syed Ahmad Shakeel and Shahid Yousuf, who are sons of Hizbul Mujahideen chief and one of the most wanted militants, Salahuddin, were also dismissed from service for allegedly being involved in militant funding, the officials said.

One of them was working with SKIMS and the other, was in the education department, they said.

The National Investigation Agency has tracked terror funding trails of both persons. They were involved in raising, receiving, collecting, and transferring funds through Hawala (non-banking) transactions for terror activities of the banned Hizbul Mujahideen, the officials said.

The three officials recommended for dismissal in the second meeting of the committee, included an orderly of the ITI in Kupwara, who was an overground worker (OGW) of militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, they said.

He was providing information to militants about the movement of armed forces, and abetting and harboring militants to carry out activities in a clandestine manner, the officials said.

Besides him, there were two teachers from Anantnag in South Kashmir who were found involved in anti-India activities, including participating, supporting, and propagating the secessionist ideology of the Jamat-Islami (JeI) and Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), they said.

The eight government employees recommended for dismissal in the fourth meeting of the committee included two constables of the Jammu Kashmir Police who supported militancy from within the police department and provided inside information to militants as also logistic support, the officials said.

Constable Abdul Rashid Shigan has himself executed attacks on armed forces, they said.

Another government employee with militant links is Naaz Muhammad Allaie, an orderly of the health department. He is an OGW of the Hizbul Mujahideen and has a history of direct involvement in militant activities, the officials said.

Two militants were harboured by him at his residence, they said.

Employees Jabbar Ahmad Paray and Nisar Ahmad Tantray of the education department, who terminated from service, were actively involved in furthering the anti-India resistance agenda unleashed by Pakistan and are Jamat-e-Islami ideologists, the officials said.

Shaheen Ahmad Lone, an inspector of the power department has been found involved in smuggling and transporting of arms for the Hizbul Mujahideen, they said. He was found traveling along with two militants on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and carrying arms, ammunition, and explosives in January last year, the officials said.

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