In a breaking news, the Jammu and Kashmir government has sacked the Kashmir University public relations officer, a police constable and a revenue department officer for allegedly working with Pakistan-based militant outfits, raising finances for them, and propagating terrorism.
The three officers were identified as Public Relations Officer (PRO) of University of Kashmir Faheem Aslam, Revenue Department officer, Murawath Hussain Mir and Police Constable Arshid Ahmad Thoker from the service.
Quoting official sources, news agency KNO reported that the government has invoked 311 (2) (c) of the Constitution of India to sack the three government employees.
With the latest order of termination of the three employees, the number of government servants sacked under the Article has climbed to 52. Article 311 of the Constitution of India provides for dismissal of a person employed in civil capacities under Union or a State.
An investigation into the matter clearly established they were allegedly acting on behalf of Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and terror outfits, ANI reported quoting sources.
Faheem Aslam, one of the accused, who was working at the University of Kashmir as a PRO, was said to have been an aide of terrorist Shabir Shah before entering legitimate businesses with seed money allegedly received from Pakistan’s ISI.
The accused had also been writing in prominent newspapers and on social media. Sources say the content of the writings left little doubt about the intent- to legitimize the terrorism in the union territory of J-K and support the secession of J-K from the Indian Union.
Sources say the second accused, Arshid Ahmad Thoker, was recruited as a constable in Jammu and Kashmir Police in Armed Police in 2006. He came in contact with Over Ground Workers of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) after which the accused became a conduit and alleged logistic supporter for the terror outfit.
The third accused, Murawath Hussain Mir, had been working in the revenue department.
Sources in the investigation team say he was a hardcore proponent of secessionist myths, and an alleged point-man for several proscribed terror outfits like Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).
The dismissal of the three government officers follows J-K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha’s policy of “Zero Tolerance Against Terrorism”. With the latest order, 52 government officials have so far been sacked for alleged links with terror outfits.
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