Sacking of 11 J&K Employees is Followed by NIA Raids at Multiple Locations in the Valley

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National Investigation Agency

Among those terminated from government service are two sons of Hizb chief

Team Clarion 

NEW DELHI — A day after sacking 11 government employees by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday carried out raids at multiple locations across the Union territory in connection with a terror funding case.

Officials in the anti-terror agency said that the raids were conducted in Anantnag, Srinagar, Awantipora, Baramulla and some other places in connection with a case registered 10 days ago.

Besides, NIA, Intelligence Bureau, RAW (Research and Analysis Wing), and the Jammu and Kashmir police are jointly involved in search operations which began in Jammu and Kashmir’s multiple districts since early morning.

As per the official, the case pertains to online radicalisation and that the agency have got inputs about involvement of some foreign-based handlers behind radicalisation process.

The raids were based on inputs received from some people detained by the security forces as well as investigating agencies involved in the case.

The raid took place a day after the Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday sacked 11 employees working in different departments citing adverse intelligence reports against them.

This is the second sacking in two months. Earlier in May, three employees — a teacher, a revenue department official and a college professor — were sacked by the administration on similar grounds.

The 11 employees were dismissed following recommendations by a designated committee that was formed to scrutinise the antecedents of government employees in Jammu and Kashmir under Article 311 (2) (c) of the Constitution of India: “where the President or the Governor, as the case may be, is satisfied that in the interest of the security of the State, it is not expedient to hold such inquiry”.

The eleven employees were recommended for dismissal by the committee in its second meeting in three cases; and third meeting in eight cases, a report in Indian Express said. Four of those sacked belong to Anantnag, three from Budgam and one each from Baramulla, Srinagar, Pulwama and Kupwara.

Two significant names in the list are Syed Ahmad Shakeel and Shahid Yousuf, both sons of Syed Salahuddin, the chief of Hizbul Mujahideen.

NIA has tracked and found both of them “involved in raising, receiving, collecting and transferring funds through hawala transactions” for terror activities of the Hizbul Mujahideen”.

Four employees from the list were working in the education department while two were serving in J&K Police and one each in the departments of Agriculture, Skill Development, Power, SKIMS and Health, Indian Express said citing sources.

Reports said that the employee from Kupwara was working in Industrial Training Institute as orderly and it has been alleged that he was an overground worker of Lashkar-e-Toiba. He is accused of providing information to the group and also aiding the militants to “carry out activities in a clandestine manner”.

Two teachers from Anantnag are alleged to be involved in “anti-national” activities and spreading “sessionist ideology”.

A police constable sacked has allegedly “himself executed attacks on security forces”.

An inspector in the power department has been dismissed on the allegations that he was found smuggling and transporting arms for the Hizbul Mujahideen. (With inputs from IANS)

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