Crime

Salahuddin’s two sons among 11 J&K Govt staffers sacked for terror links

Sunday, 11 July 2021 | PNS | Jammu

Cracking its whip against the Government employees, including policemen harbouring terrorists, the Union Territory administration in Jammu & Kashmir has terminated the services of at least 11 employees with immediate effect. Among the sacked employees are two sons of Hizbul Mujahideen founder Syed Salahuddin.

A senior bureaucrat of the Jammu & Kashmir General Administration Department confirmed the news to The Pioneer.

Syed Shahid Yusuf and Shakeel Yusuf, both sons of Syed Salahuddin, came  on the radar of the National Investigation Agency when they started a probe in the terror funding cases.

Salahuddin’s eldest son Shakeel Yusuf was arrested by the NIA in connection with a 2011 terror funding case for allegedly receiving money from his father in August 2018. At the time of the arrest. Shakeel was working as a laboratory assistant at a prestigious Government hospital in Srinagar.

In October 2017, Salahuddin’s son Syed Shahid Yusuf was arrested in the same case for allegedly receiving money from his father, who is currently based in Pakistan. Shahid Yusuf was working in the Agriculture department.

Official sources claimed some of  these employees, including two policemen, were working as overground workers for terrorist organisations. These employees were involved in arranging logistics, providing shelter, transporting arms consignment and spreading propaganda on social media platforms.

Of the 11 employees dismissed, four were working in the education department, two in the Jammu Kashmir Police and one each in the agriculture, skill development, power and health departments, and SKIMS.

“Their termination orders were passed under sub-clause (c) of the proviso to clause (2) of Article 311 of the Constitution of India which clearly stated that in the interest of the security of the State, it is not expedient to hold an enquiry  in their cases before terminating their services with immediate effect”, official sources said.

Three Government employees were dismissed from services on April 30, 2021 by the UT administration  under similar charges.

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