New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday, sacked four government employees including the wife of terrorist Bitta Karate who is facing terror charges and is accused in the matter of killing of Kashmiri pandits, news agency ANI reported.
The four employees have been dismissed for terror links, ANI reported citing government sources. Bitta Karate himself confessed that he was involved in the killing of Kashmiri Pandits.
The other employees sacked also include, Syed Salahuddin, the chief of banned Hizbul Mujahideen. All the four employees were dismissed from service under Article 311 of the Constitution which enables the government to sack its employees without an inquiry.
Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate is currently in judicial custody in terror-funding cases, officials said. His wife Assabah-ul-Arjamand Khan, a Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Services officer, was posted in the Directorate of Rural Development.
Syed Abdul Mueed, Manager, Information and Technology at Department of industries and Commerce, is son of Syed Salahuddin, the Pakistan-based chief of banned terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.
The others dismissed are: Dr Muheet Ahmad Bhat, Scientist; and Majid Hussain Qadiri (senior Assistant Professor) in Kashmir University.
Syed Abdul Mueed, son of Salahuddin (Syed Mohd Yusuf) and Manager (Information and Technology) at the Commerce and Industries Department, is among the dismissed employees.
He is the third son of the Hizb chief to have been sacked from the government job. Syed Ahmed Shakeel and Shahid Yusuf were dismissed from service last year. According to the officials, Mueed has allegedly been found having a role in three terror attacks on the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) complex at Sempora in Pampore and his presence in the institution has led to increased sympathy with the secessionist forces.
Assabah-ul-Arjamand Khan, the wife of Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’ and a 2011-batch Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service officer (JKAS), is alleged to have been found involved in providing false information for seeking a passport.
She is alleged to “have links with foreign people who have been indexed by the Indian security and intelligence to be on the payrolls of the ISI”. Also her involvement in ferrying consignment of money for funding anti-India activities in Jammu and Kashmir has been reported, the officials said.
‘Bitta Karate’ has been lodged in Tihar jail since 2017 in a case related to terror-funding. He was also involved in the killings of several members of the minority community in the early 1990s. Also sacked from the government is Dr. Muheet Ahmad Bhat, posted as a scientist in the Post Graduate Department of Computer Science in Kashmir university.
He is alleged to have been found involved in propagating secessionist-terrorist agenda in the university by radicalising students for advancing the programme and agenda of Pakistan and its proxies.
Majid Hussain Qadri, a senior Assistant Professor in Kashmir University, is alleged to have a long association with terror organisations including the banned Lashker-e-Taiba. He had earlier been booked under the stringent Public Safety Act and figures in a number of FIRs related to various terror cases.
Around 40 employees have been dismissed so far from the government services in Jammu and Kashmir. Prominent among them being the two sons Salahuddin and tainted deputy superintendent of police Devender Singh (now removed), who was caught with a most wanted terrorist and two others along Srinagar-Jammu national highway.
Officials said the sacking was effected after the Lt governor was satisfied, upon considering facts and circumstances of the cases and based on the information available, that the activities of these employees warrant dismissal from service under provision of Article 311 (2) (C) of the Constitution.
Under this provision, the sacked employees can only approach the High Court with their plea against their dismissal.
The process of dismissal began in April last year, a week after the Union Territory administration constituted a committee to investigate allegations of involvement of government employees in anti-State activities, and recommend dismissal of those found involved.
(With ANI, PTI Inputs)