Doctor, cop among 4 employees sacked by J&K govt over alleged terror links

Srinagar:  Jammu & Kashmir government has sacked four employees, including a doctor and police constable, for their alleged anti-national activities and terror links.

The employees were sacked by invoking Article 311 (2) (c) of the Constitution of India, which allows the government to terminate employees without seeking an explanation from them or ordering an inquiry into their conduct.

The government, however, did not reveal specific details of their alleged terror or anti-national activities in which they were involved.

The employees sacked on Tuesday included Assistant Professor in one of the largest tertiary care Hospitals of Kashmir, Dr. Nissar-ul-Hassan, police constable Abdul Majeed Bhat, school teacher Farooq Ahmed Mir and laboratory bearer in Higher Education department Abdul Salam Rather .

Dr. Nissar, a resident of Sopore in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir was also the president of Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK). He was also promoted as an Associate Professor a few days ago.

The order issued by the General Administration Department said the Lieutenant Governor is satisfied after considering the facts and circumstances of the case and on the basis of the information available, that the activities of Dr. Nisar-Ul-Hassan, Assistant Professor (Medicine), SMHS Hospital, Srinagar are such as to warrant his dismissal from service.

“And whereas, the Lieutenant Governor is satisfied under sub-clause (c) of the proviso to clause (2) of Article 311 of the Constitution of India that in the interest of the security of the State, it is not expedient to hold an enquiry in the case of Dr. Nisar-Ul-Hassan…. Accordingly, the Lieutenant Governor hereby dismisses Dr. Nisar-Ul-Hassan from service, with immediate effect,” the order said.

Similar dismissal orders were issued to constable Abdul Majeed Bhat a resident of Kupwara, teacher Farooq Ahmed Mir of Kupwara and laboratory bearer Abdul Salam of Kulgam.

Two former Chief Mministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have hit out at the sacking.

National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah said all these orders will be revisited once there is a change in government.

“…Everyone has a right to explain his position . Law says the same thing you are innocent till proven guilty . .. Unfortunately this has been happening and people are sacked like this. Let the regime change this matter will be revisited,” Abdullah told reporters in central Kashmir.

Mufti described the sacking as “humiliation of Kashmiris on a daily basis”.

“J&K admin has created an abysmal record of sorts by dismissing more employees than recruiting new ones. Snatching the livelihood of Kashmiris on false trivial grounds isn’t just collective punishment. But also signifies the manner in which all Kashmiris are mistrusted & humiliated on a daily basis,” she said on X.

Over the last two years, the J&K government has terminated the services of over 50 employees for being a “threat” to the security of the state.

The sacking of employees started in April 2021 and the government terms it a part of its effort to counter the terrorist ecosystem in J&K.

UNI

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