‘Elected Govt’s Failed to Curb Separatist Elements In Ranks’

Srinagar: Central probe agencies have accused the elected governments of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir of not taking any action against employees who were openly preaching secessionism.

“Four teachers, including two females, who were among 11 Government employees terminated from services recently were openly preaching terror and not books to the students and notwithstanding the fact that their activities were well known to previous elected Governments, no action was taken against them”, investigating agencies have alleged.

“One of them had close ties with Hizbul Mujahideen supremo Syed Salahuddin while another had openly been organizing crowds in funerals of militants in South Kashmir, encouraging stone pelting and radicalizing youngsters to joint militancy but continued to escape action due to “soft approach” of previous Governments towards supporters of the terrorism”, they alleged.

One of the Lecturers Mohammad Jabbar Parray, posted in District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), who was among 11 employees fired by the Government, was commonly known as “Chhota Geelani ” among Jamat-e-Islami cadres. He was openly organizing funerals of slain militants in Bijbehara in Anantnag district of South Kashmir and was instrumental in converting more than a dozen youth into militancy after brainwashing them, they said.

“Parray was instrumental in radicalizing youth in the classes by provoking them with his jihadi speeches. While drawing a huge salary from the Government exchequer and living a luxurious life, Parray helped the militants to execute their agenda,” they said.

“Parray had the backing of political leadership which was the reason that despite being named by the Intelligence agencies for his support to militants he always escaped the action”, they said.

Nisar Ahmad Tantray, another Government teacher posted at Government Middle School Hanji Mohalla Batengu in Anantnag district was recruited as temporary teacher in the school after his elder brother Abdul Gani Tantray joined Hizbul Mujahideen as its district chief.

Abdul Gani proceeded on temporary leave to become the militant but because of his writ in the district, his younger brother Nisar Ahmad was recruited as temporary teacher in the same school and subsequently his services were regularized.

Raziya Sultan posted as head teacher of Government School Khiram in Anantnag district who was among the terminated employees, was appointed as a teacher on compassionate grounds in the year 2000 after her father Sultan Bhat was killed by the militants in 1996.

“Raziya Sultan was a known sympathiser of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in the school and security agencies had repeatedly flagged concerns about this but the previous Governments took no action which encouraged her”, they said.

Sakeen Akhter is another Government teacher sacked by the Government. She was posted in Government Primary School at Gorjan Khiram in Anantnag and was appointed as temporary teacher in 2002 and her services were regularized in 2008.

She was closely associated with Dukhtaran-e-Millat and was instrumental in organizing gatherings of women and even children to propagate secessionist activities.

LG administration, it bears mention, has launched a crackdown on employees it says are involved in anti-national activities and Intelligence agencies have zeroed-in on nearly two dozen more such officers/ officials and were pursuing their cases before taking any action.

So far, 18 such employees have been terminated from the services, the latest being 11 including two sons of Hizbul Mujahideen supremo Syed Salahuddin.

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