Jammu and Kashmir sacks 6 govt employees for “posing threat to State’s security”

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) government on Wednesday dismissed six government employees from their services for “posing a threat to State’s security.”

The employees suspended by the government today are Hamid Wani, a government schoolteacher in Bijbehara, Anantnag, Jaffer Hussain Butt, a constable in Kishtwar, Mohd Rafi Butt, a junior assistant in the road & building department in Kishtwar, Liyaqat Ali Kakroo, a schoolteacher in Baramulla, Tariq Mehmood Kohli, a range officer in the forest department, Poonch, and Showkat Ahmad Khan, a police constable in Budgam.

The terminations were under amended Article 311(2)(c), which requires no departmental inquiry except for a police or an official report.

Six separate dismissal orders were issued on behalf of J&K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha by commissioner secretary, general administration department.

“The Lieutenant Governor is satisfied under sub-clause (c) of the proviso to clause (2) of Article 311 of the Constitution that in the interest of the security of the state it is not expedient to hold an enquiry in the case of Jaffer Hussian Bhat, a constable. The L-G is satisfied after considering the facts and circumstances of the case and on the basis of the information available that the activities of Butt are such to warrant his dismissal from the service,” reads one of the six orders.

The dismissal attracted sharp reaction from Kashmir’s political parties and employees unions, who said the employees have been terminated on flimsy grounds.

Over a dozen government employees have been sacked in J&K since April this year.

According to The Hindu, on April 21, the government constituted a special task force (STF) to identify and scrutinise the government employees, and lodge cases against those involved in any cases related to “posing threat to the country’s security or anti-national activities”.