Government preparing list of employees indulged in street protests

Pardeep Singh Bali

After preparing dossier against 36 Government employees for fomenting trouble in Kashmir and inciting youth to violence and slapping Public Safety Act (PSA) on six of them, the state government is reportedly preparing another list of the employees who are indulged in street protests and this regard more 125 names have been identified.
Following the instructions from center, the state government has reportedly asked the agencies, including police and allied departments to prepare a list of street protesters, especially government employees, official sources told Newspoint.
“We have been asked to keep eye on the people who are inciting and leading these street protests. Our first list carried over 50 names, including government employees and many of them have been slapped with PSA,” said sources, adding “Special teams are constituted to identify the employees and youth who are more active in inciting violence.” The sources further said that in the second list, more than 125 names have been identified so far and the same will be soon submitted to the government.
“So far over 125 employees have been identified, most of them belong to south Kashmir, Kashmir University and education department,” sources said and added for this ‘mission’ help is taken from local people.
“Besides using high tech cameras, specially imported from New Delhi, local sourcing is also assisting in identifying inciters,” said sources, adding, “We are also instructed to look after security forces, who are ransacking public property.”
Out of these 125 employees, majority is from Education Department, especially Kashmir University and colleges associated with it, followed by Food and Supplies Department, Revenue, Agriculture and Public Health Engineering Departments.
According to media reports, Government is mulling to terminate employees, including Assistant Registrar of Kashmir University, from services for fomenting trouble in Kashmir and have slapped Public Safety Act (PSA) on six of them.
The State Government is invoking Article 126 of Jammu and Kashmir Constitution for terminating these employees. Before invoking the Article 126, they are trying to make water tight cases against them so that they may not get relief from the courts easily.
However, sources said that the government is contemplating to terminate the employees who are indulged in inciting street protests.
“These employees are taking government salaries and when it comes to serve the state they prefer to keep the unrest lingering. Many employees have even cited security threat from colleagues, saying they force them to join street protest and the government is also checking that angle as well,” said sources, adding that in past as well such actions were taken by the government. “During the insurgency of militancy in Kashmir Valley, the state government had identified over 45 government employees, including then chief secretary for allegedly working for Pakistan, but no action was taken against them,” said sources. It is pertinent to mention here that the Kashmir is on unrest since the death of hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8.

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