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J&K: govt sacks 12 officials for anti-national activities

This is the fourth month of unrest in the valley, following the killing of poster boy Burhan Wani, a commander of militant organization Hizbul Mujahideen along with two other militants in an encounter in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on July 8.
Srinagar : Under the shadow of the gun and curfew

While the violence continues in the valley, Jammu and Kashmir government dismissed over a dozen of its employees for alleged anti-national activities on Wednesday.

According to media reports, the Jammu and Kashmir government has issued orders to dismiss over a dozen of its employees for their alleged involvement in the ongoing unrest, media reported quoting a top official.

It has also been said that the dismissed employees include an assistant registrar of Kashmir University, and officials from various departments like revenue, public health, engineering, education and food supplies. It has also been reported that state government invoked Article 126 of the state constitution to carry out the action.

Adding to it, the official said, “Reports on their anti-national activities prepared by the state police were forwarded to the Chief Secretary, who then directed respective heads of departments to issue orders terminating their services.”

Some of the sacked employees have already been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA), while others evaded the arrest, media reported.

This is the fourth month of unrest in the valley, following the killing of poster boy Burhan Wani, a commander of militant organization Hizbul Mujahideen along with two other militants in an encounter in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on July 8.

Since then, over 90 people have been killed in the clashes, while death toll continues to mount along with injured people. According to the reports, over 7,000 people have been detained, including the arrest of a human rights activist, Khurram Parvez.

These four months have witnessed a ban on the newspapers, mobile internet now has partial communication blocked, supply of necessary items has been disturbed and the approximate business losses have been estimated at more than Rs 10,000 crore.  The silence stretches along the streets of the valley.

This is second time in 26 years of militancy in Kashmir that government officials have been sacked for anti-national activities in the state.

Last time, in 1990 five officials were sacked for their pro-separatists stand. That dismissal had let to a three-month-long strike by government employees in Kashmir.

It is to be noted this comes while cross-border firing, violation of ceasefire etc continues in the state.

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