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Four govt employees, bank manager dismissed from service for anti-national activities

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Srinagar: Four government employees, including a policeman, besides a bank manager were dismissed from service by the Jammu and Kashmir administration for their alleged involvement in anti-national activities, officials said on Saturday.

With this, the number of employees who were terminated from service for “anti-national activities” in the Union Territory in the past over one year rose to 44.

The dismissal of the five –most of whom have cases registered against them for “terror activities” — was ordered under Article 311 of the Indian Constitution, an official spokesperson said. Article 311 provides for the dismissal of a person employed in civil capacities under a Union or a State.

“The activities of these employees had come to the adverse notice of law enforcement and intelligence agencies, as they have been found involved in activities prejudicial to the interests of the security of the state,” the government spokesperson said.

Those who have been dismissed from service are Manager of Baramulla Central Cooperative Bank Ltd Afaq Ahmad Wani; Constable in Auxiliary wing of Jammu and Kashmir Police Tanveer Saleem Dar; Village-level Worker Rural Development Department (Panchayat Secretary) Syed Iftikhar Andrabi; Orderly-cum-Chowkidar in Jal Shakti Department at Baramulla, Irshad Ahmad Khan, and Assistant Lineman in Public Health Engineering (PHE) Sub-division, Handwara, Abdul Momin Peer, he said.

The spokesperson said the committee constituted by the government (vide Government Order No. 738-JK(GAD) of 2020) on July 30, 2020, for scrutinising the inputs, records and cognisable material, recommended the dismissal of the five, taking the number of such employees who were terminated from service for “anti-national activities” in the Union Territory to 44.

The process of dismissal began in April last year and among those dismissed from the government service included three sons of Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen supremo Syed Sallahuddin and tainted Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Singh (now removed), who was caught with a “most wanted terrorist: and two others travelling along the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

Afaq Ahmad Wani, Syed Iftikhar Andrabi and Abdul Momin Peer are among several persons chargesheeted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a major “narco-terrorism” racket, which was unearthed in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on June 11, 2020. A total of 21 kilograms of heroin and over Rs 1.35 crore were recovered.

“Wani has been part of a narco-terror module and involved in sale, purchase, transportation, warehousing and possession of heroin,” the spokesperson said. He is involved in Case FIR No. 183/2020 U/S 8/21, NDPS Act, Police Station Handwara, he said.

Peer, “also involved in narco-terror financing, has been part of the distribution network,” he added.

“Peer visited Pakistan in 2016 and 2017 with the aim of developing an understanding of the broader objectives of terror-separatist campaigns,” the spokesperson said. He is co-accused in case FIR.No.183/2020 , Police Station Handwara, spokesperson said.

“Andrabi has also worked as over ground worker (OGW) for Lashar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahidin terror outfits,” he said. He is also involved in case FIR No. 183/2020, Police Station Handwara which has been transferred to NIA.

“He had developed close links with Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir-based terrorists and got involved in narco-terror financing. He can be described as a double agent as he maintained very close relations with the Indian law enforcement agencies,” the spokesperson said.

He said Tanveer Saleem Dar has always subscribed to the “secessionist and radical” ideology and two cases stand registered against him. He is figuring in Case FIR No. 114/2003 U/S 302,307,120-B etc etc. He is also figuring in case FIR No. 145/2003 U/S 302, 307, 120-B registered with Police Station KothiBagh Srinagar, spokesperson said.

“He has been found involved in a number of terror activities and an active courier of the militant outfits.”

Irshad Khan has been found involved in “helping terrorists carry out terror activities”, the spokesperson said. He figurs in case FIR, No 201/2013 U/S 7/27, 307, 109 , Case FIR No. 101/2015, U/S 307. Case FIR No106/2015 and case FIR no. 336/2017 U/S 13 ULAP.

“He has been found involved in facilitating terrorists to move out of India and is also figuring in three cases including one related to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,” he said.

The spokesperson said the administration has adopted a “zero tolerance policy” towards anti-national elements who have been taking refuge as being associated with the government machinery.

“In future also, the government will not hesitate in taking stern actions against these anti-national elements,” he added.

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