October 2006 News

Militant Links: Plan For Verification Of Employees

1 October 2006
The Indian Express

Jammu: The J-K police are considering an annual or six-montly 'verification' of government employees in the state, with the help of the CID, to check increasing instances in which they have been found to have a nexus with militants. DIG (Doda-Udhampur range) Lalatendu Mohanty confirmed that they were receiving lots of complaints of employees having links with militants but that in most of these cases action could not be taken due to lack of evidence. The DIG stressed on the need to evolve a strategy. If any employee is found responsible for helping militants, strict action would be taken again him, he added. Recently many examples of such a nexus have surfaced : * Two months back two policemen were arrested from Kishtwar area of Doda on the charges of selling weapons from the police malkhana to militants. * Last month Rajouri police busted a hawala network of Hizbul Mujahideen Peer Panchal Range (HMPPR), in which a schoolteacher of Darhal Top area along with a Health Department employee and a police Head Constable were found to be involved. More than Rs 2 lakh in cash, mobile SIM cards and wireless sets were recovered from them. They are believed to have been operating in the border districts of Rajouri and Poonch for the district commander of the HMPPR. * Last month police also arrested a schoolteacher from Dool area of Kishtwar on the charges of having links with a militant of Hizbul Mujahideen, Mohammad Amin, alias Jehangir, operating in Thathri area. The arrest followed after hawala money of Rs 1,90,000 besides three grenades were recovered from two persons identified as Riyaz Ahmed and Zahoor. * Again, last month, an encounter took place in Gundana area of Doda distict in which militants were found hiding in the house of a government schoolteacher, Raees Ahmad. Ahmad may have also been involved in the killing of a medical assistant, Rafiq.


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