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Kashmir: 2 policemen among 6 govt employees terminated for alleged links with militants

New Delhi-controlled Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday sacked six of its employees for allegedly having militant links and working as overground workers. Among those dismissed were two police constables.

Those terminated from the services include Hamid Wani, a resident of Bijbehara in Anantnag, who was a teacher with the school education department, Jaffer Hussain Butt, a resident of Kishtwar, who was working as a constable with the Jammu and Kashmir Police, another Kishtwar resident Mohd Rafi Butt, who was a junior assistant with the Road & Building Dept, Liyaqat Ali Kakroo, a resident of Baramulla, who worked as a teacher with the school education department, Tariq Mehmood Kohli, a resident of Poonch, who worked as Range Officer in the Forest Department and Showkat Ahmad Khan, a resident of Budgam, who was a constable in Jammu and Kashmir Police.

In July this year, the administration run by right-wing Narendra Modi government had dismissed 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 insurgent organizations.

According to reports, the government initiated the steps after a designated administrative committee in the disputed region mandated to scrutinize cases under Article 311(2)(c) of the Indian Constitution recommended the removal of the six employees from government service over militant links.

This provision gives the Indian 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”.

The order came days after the administration issued instructions on periodic character and antecedents verification of government employees.

According to instructions issued by the general administration department of J&K, every government employee is mandatorily required to maintain absolute integrity, honesty, and allegiance to the Union of India and its Constitution and not do anything that is unbecoming of a Government servant.

Last week, the administration also said government employees would not be issued a passport unless they got a vigilance clearance from their respective departments.

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