• Jammu & Kashmir: 3 government officials suspended over terror links

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    He went to Pakistan for terror training and was an active terrorist with the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front for three years before being detained by security authorities in 1993.



    Digital Desk: The Jammu and Kashmir administration dismissed three government officials, including a professor and a police officer, for close links with terror groups, reports said. 


    The three were ordered to resign on the proposal of a specialized committee, which was formed under Article 311 (2) (c) of the Constitution, which permits expulsion from service without investigation for the sake of the state's security.


    Altaf Hussain Pandit, a chemistry professor at Kashmir University, Mohammed Maqbool Hajam, a teacher in the school education department, and Ghulam Rasool, a Jammu and Kashmir Police constable, were among those terminated.


    Reportedly, Hussain Pandit is an active member of the banned outfit  Jamaat-e-Islam (JeI). He went to Pakistan for terror training and was an active terrorist with the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front for three years before being detained by security authorities in 1993.


    He remained a member of the JeI and worked as a terror recruiter. According to officials, Pandit was linked with organizing stone-pelting and violent rallies in 2011 and 2014 over terrorists' deaths.


    According to officials, Pandit was linked with organizing stone-pelting and violent rallies in 2011 and 2014 over terrorists' deaths.


    In 2015, Hussain Pandit was appointed as an executive member of the Kashmir University Teachers Association, following which he utilized his position to promote separatism among students. 


    The official said he was linked in encouraging three students from Kashmir University to join the terror ranks. 


    On the other hand, Hajam, a teacher in the school education department, was also an overground terror worker (OGW) who brainwashed people.


    According to the official report, he was a member of a crowd that attacked a police station in Sogam as well as other government buildings; the report added that despite being a government teacher, he was always found to be participating in terror operations.


    Moreover, Rasool, a Jammu and Kashmir Police constable, operated as an undercover terrorist supporter. He also served as a terrorist informer, informing terrorists and OGWs on anti-terror operations. Officials stated he used to leak the names of police officers involved in anti-terror operations.


    Further, the government official said that Rasool was in contact with Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Mushtaq Ahmad alias Aurangzeb, who had crossed into Pakistan.


    "The latest crackdown is part of the government's attempts to discover and mitigate terror elements within the system," a senior official said.




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