Govt suspends 5 employees for ‘provoking youths’

Srinagar: The government has suspended five employees on charges of ‘creating law and order problems by provoking youths to stone pelting’ during protests triggered by the killing of five persons in the past week.
The suspended employees are Ghulam Rasool Sheikh, a master at Girls Higher Secondary School, Maidanpora; Farooq Ahmad Bhat, a teacher at Government Middle School, Dardpora; Ghulam Mohiudin Rather, an employee with the pump shed of the Mechanical Irrigation and Flood Control, Handwara, at Natnusa where a labourer was shot dead by army;
Abdul Ahad Bhat and Hussam-ud-din Shah, both peons at Girls Higher Secondary School, Lalpora and Government Degree College, Sogam, respectively.
“Whereas it has come to the notice of undersigned (deputy commissioner Kupwara) that the following government employees are involved in creating law and order problems by provoking local youths for stone pelting. Therefore all these employees are hereby placed under suspension with immediate effect,” reads the order.
Sub-divisional magistrate Lolab has been asked to inquire into the role of these employees and submit his report within 15 days.
The order says, “Senior superintendent of police Kupwara has also been directed to lodge an FIR against these culprits besides directing the District Treasury Officer Kupwara not to release the salary of these employees till further orders.”
Reacting to the order, MLA Langate constituency Engineer Abdul Rashid said the state government has issued the order “out of frustration”.
“Law and order problems exist everywhere in the Valley. These poor employees are made the scapegoats. It is quite frustrating as well as funny on part of government to suspend the employees with no fault of theirs,” he said.
Deputy commissioner Kupwara Kumar Rajeevranjan was not available for comments despite repeated attempts.

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