Srinagar: A day after a Srinagar duo was suspended by two pharmaceutical companies based outside the state for “anti-national” comments on Facebook over the killing of CRPF troops in Lethpora on Thursday, another Sopore resident was suspended by an Ahmedabad-based pharma company on Saturday on similar charges, with the employer even accusing him of “moral turpitude”.
Zaidul Islam Sofi, working as a Business Executive in the Arron Division of Intas Pharmaceuticals, has been suspended “with immediate effect” as conveyed to him by the company in a letter.
The letter says that in the aftermath of Thursday’s suicide attack on the CRPF personnel, which has killed 49 of them so far, Islam had commented on Facebook, “ghantaa war karega ye too aek ne haal kiya jab saare aajyege pant geeli hojayegi geeli” (apparently daring the Indian forces by cheering for the militants).
“Due to this anti-national message/comment posted on the social media, the company’s name and image has got defamed/tarnished/ damaged,” reads the letter.
The company has told Islam in the letter that the “derogatory act on your part tantamounts to offence involving moral turpitude, which is serious in nature (sic)”.
“In view of the above, you are hereby asked to give an explanation in writing within seven days with proper supportive evidence as to why management should not take any appropriate action against you,” it adds.
The company has told Islam that if it does not receive a “written, proper and satisfactory explanation” from him, the management “will be forced to take appropriate action deemed fit”.
“Since the above act of yours is grave and serious in nature, you are hereby suspended with immediate effect pending further action in the matter”.
On Friday, Riyaz Ahmad Wani and Iqbal Hussain, both Srinagar residents, were suspended by two Indian pharma companies for posting “anti-national” comments on facebook over the killing of the CRPF troops.