KU spokesperson, cop, revenue official dismissed for alleged militant links

SRINAGAR — Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday sacked three more government employees including a policeman and spokesperson of Kashmir University invoking Article 311 of the Constitution of India.

The dismissed employees were allegedly involved in “secessionist activities and had militancy links”.

An official informed that administration of JK has terminated 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 for “working with Pakistani militancy outfits, providing logistics to militants, propagating militants ideology, raising militant finances and furthering secessionist agenda.”

“The activities of these employees had come to the adverse notice of law enforcement and intelligence agencies. They found them involved in activities prejudicial to the interests of the state, such as militancy-related activities ,” the official said.

In May 2022, chemistry professor Altaf Hussain Pandit along with two other government employees (a cop and a schoolteacher), was removed from services in line with recommendations of the STF.

In July 2021, the government had dismissed 11 of its employees, including sons of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and two from the police department.

In November that year, the government terminated the services of two senior officers — a deputy superintendent in JK prisons department and a principal of government girls higher secondary school — for their alleged links with militant organisations. — (KDC)