According to officials, a professor at the University of Kashmir and two others have been fired by the Jammu and Kashmir administration for their alleged involvement in the terrorist group. Altaf Hussain Pandit, a professor of chemistry, was dismissed on the recommendation of a nominated committee constituted under Article 311 (2) (c) of the Constitution, which allowed dismissal without investigation in the interest of state security.
With these three new dismissals, the total number of government employees fired using special provisions in Jammu and Kashmir since last year has reached 37.
According to officials, Pandit was actively associated with the banned Jamaat-e-Islam (JI). He migrated to Pakistan for terrorist training and was an active member of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front for three years before being arrested by security forces in 1993. . In 2011 and 2014, he was instrumental in stoning terrorists and organizing violent protests.
Further, in 2015, Pandit became an executive member of the Kashmir University Teachers’ Association and used his position to propagate separatism among students. He was instrumental in inspiring three university students to join the terrorist group, they added.
The other two sacked were Mohammad Maqbool Hazam, a school education teacher, and Golam Rasool, a Jammu and Kashmir police constable. Hazam, a teacher in the school education department, was also a terrorist on the ground worker (OGW) and he used to extremist people, they said. He was part of a mob that attacked a police station and other government buildings in Sogam, officials said, adding that despite being a government teacher, he had always been involved in terrorist activities.
When Rasool was a constable of Jammu and Kashmir police, he was working as an underground supporter of terrorists. He also acted as an informant for terrorists and provided information on counter-terrorism operations to terrorists and the OGW. He leaked the names of police officers involved in the counter-terrorism operation, officials added. Rasul also contacted Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Mushtaq Ahmed alias Aurangzeb, who had migrated to Pakistan, they added.
With input from PTI
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