Kashmir University professor among three sacked government workers


SRINAGAR: The J&K government on Friday invoked Article 311 of India’s Constitution to fire its three other employees, including a professor from the University of Kashmir, police officers and a teacher from the service for their alleged “terrorist links”. and secessionist activities”.

Citing official sources, KDC news agency reported that Altaf Hussain Pandit, a professor of chemistry at the University of Kashmir, is among three government employees, who were sacked by the J&K administration for actively supporting militancy. The other two are Mohd Maqbool Hajam, a teacher in the school education department and Ghulam Rasool, a police officer from Jammu and Kashmir. The recent crackdown is part of the government‘s efforts to detect and mitigate “terrorist” elements within the system that somehow managed to sneak into the system under previous regimes.

Altaf Hussain Pandit, a professor of chemistry at the University of Kashmir, is said to be actively associated with the Jamaat-e-Islam (JeI) and he had traveled to Pakistan for “terrorist” training. He had remained an active JKLF activist for three years before his arrest by security forces in 1993. Altaf Hussain remained an active JeI cadre and worked as an activist recruiter. He was instrumental in organizing rock-throwing and violent protests against the killing of activists in 2011 and 2014. In 2015, Altaf Hussain became an executive member of the University of Kashmir Teachers’ Association and used his position to spread secessionism among students. We learn that Altaf Hussain helped motivate three students from the University of Kashmir to join militant ranks.

Another government employee, Mohd Maqbool Hajam, a school education department teacher and a Terrorist Field Worker (OGW) used to radicalize people. He was part of a mob that attacked a police station in Sogam and other government buildings. Despite being a government teacher, he has always been involved in terrorist activities.

Ghulam Rasool, a police officer from Jammu and Kashmir was working as an underground supporter of the militants. He also acted as an informant to activists and used to brief activists and OGWs on anti-militancy operations. He also used to release the names of police personnel involved in anti-militia operations. He was also in contact with Hizbul Mujahideen activist Mushtaq Ahmad alias Aurangzeb, who crossed over to Pakistan.

Sources further said that the committee appointed in Jammu and Kashmir to consider and recommend the cases under Section 311(2)(c) of the Constitution of India has recommended the dismissal of these 3 employees of government service for having ties to terrorism and working as a field worker (OGW).

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