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J&K Govt suspends 12 officials for fuelling protests
The Jammu & Kashmir government has sacked 12 government officials for their alleged role in fuelling the ongoing unrest in the state.

On Wednesday evening, the government ordered dismissal of these officers for "anti-national activities". The dismissed officers include an assistant registrar of Kashmir University, and officials from education, revenue, public health, engineering and food supplies departments.

The government's action was based on a report prepared by the state police's Crime Investigation Department (CID). Acting on the report, several of these officers have been charged under the Public Safety Act (PSA).

As per reports, last evening, the administrative heads of the concerned departments issued termination orders to the accused employees. The employees have been dismissed for questioning the sovereignty and integrity of India and violating the rules governing the conduct of employees in the state.

The government has claimed that it did not hold the mandatory inquiry to investigate the charges against these employees as it was not possible to do the same keeping in mind the present circumstances.

"In the prevailing situation and keeping in view the charged atmosphere including threat perception to witnesses, it would not be feasible for the witnesses to depose in case of inquiry," the Government has claimed.

During the ongoing protests, more than 450 people have been detained under the PSA that allows for the accused to be jailed without trial for six months.

The last time government officials were sacked over allegations of anti-national activities in the state was in 1990 when the government had dismissed five officials for their pro-separatist stand. This had let to a three-month-long strike by government employees in Kashmir.

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