SRINAGAR — An Executive Magistrate (First Class) in whose shop police claimed that it busted a hideout last year in May in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district is among the three employees dismissed by the Jammu and Kashmir government in the ‘interest of security of the State’.
A teacher from North Kashmir’s Kupwara district has already been dismissed while besides Executive Magistrate 1st Class (Naib Tehsildar) from Pulwama, an Assistant Professor has also been dismissed from his service for his alleged involvement in ‘anti-national’ activities.
Recently, the Jammu and Kashmir administration set up a Special Task Force (STF) to initiate action against government employees suspected of activities “against the security of the State”. This move was widely criticized by politicians, union leaders and civil society members.
Quoting unnamed sources, KNT reported that besides the teacher Idrees Jan who was posted at Government Middle School Kralpora, Naib Tehsildar Pulwama, Nazir Ahmed Wani, and an Assistant Professor from Kulgam district have also been dismissed.
Government forces including troopers from 44 Rashtriya Rifles had last year claimed that they recovered arms and incriminating material from a hideout in a shop belonging to Wani at Bellow village of Pulwama, during a search operation — a claim that had been outrightly rejected by the family.
Wani was also blamed for providing logistic support to militants. Wani is still facing detention.
Another government employee who has been terminated is Assistant Professor Dr Abdul Bari Naik.
Bari had been detained under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) while he used to teach at South Kashmir’s Kulgam Degree College. He was transferred to a college in Udhampur after being released.
Abdul Bari Naik was arrested on March 7 in Udhampur after police claimed he had been evading arrest since 2018 — a claim refuted by family saying he was posted at Government Degree College for Women in Udhampur and was being targeted for raising social issues.
Bari, who teaches geography, is a resident of Chidder village in Kulgam district.
The terminated teacher, Idrees Jan, had been booked during the 2016 uprising for alleged stone-pelting but he was later granted bail. He, according to his family, has not participated in any social or political activity after 2016. (KNT)