The Jammu and Kashmir government has issued orders to dismiss over a dozen of its employees for their alleged involvement in the ongoing unrest in the Valley, a top official said on Thursday. “Reports on their anti-national activities prepared by the state police were forwarded to the Chief Secretary, who then directed respective heads of departments to issue orders terminating their services,” the officer said.
The dismissed employees include an assistant registrar of Kashmir University, besides others from education, revenue, public health, engineering and food supplies. “The state government invoked Article 126 of the state constitution to carry out the action,” he added.
Authorities said some of the dismissed employees were already booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA), while others have evaded arrest. At least 91 people have been killed and over 12,000 injured in the last 104 days of the ongoing unrest since July 9, a day after the killing of top militant Burhan Wani.
While the unrest in Valley continues, there has been no end to terror attacks in the recent days. Tensions between India and Pakistan are on a high since the September 18 Uri terror attack in which 18 soldiers were killed. The Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on seven terror pads along the Line of Control (LoC) in the wee hours of September 29.
Since then , incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troopers continue on a daily basis. Meanwhile, the separatists on Wednesday extended the agitation till October 27. They have also called for a three-day strike outside the residences of legislators on Friday, as well separate rallies on Monday and Tuesday.