Three government officials with ties to terrorism fired in J&K

13 May, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

The system's terror module is also being tracked. 3 government officials were fired under Section 311 (2) (c) of the Constitution.

The J&K administration has fired three government employees for actively supporting terrorism, including Altaf Hussain Pandit, a chemistry professor at Kashmir University. Mohd Maqbool Hajam, a teacher in the education department, and Ghulam Rasool, a Jammu Kashmir Police Constable, are the other two. The new crackdown is part of the government’s endeavour to detect and mitigate terror elements within the system that infiltrated it during previous administrations.

Altaf Hussain Pandit, a Kashmir University chemistry professor, is a member of Jamaat-e-Islam and has travelled to Pakistan for terror training.

He had been a JKLF terrorist for three years before being apprehended by security forces in 1993. Altaf Hussain remained a member of JeI’s active cadre and functioned as a terror recruiter. In 2011 and 2014, he was active in organising stone-pelting, violent protests against terrorists’ deaths.

Altaf Hussain was elected to the executive board of the Kashmir University Teachers Association in 2015, and he utilised his position to promote secessionism among students. Altaf Hussain is said to have influenced three Kashmir University students to join the terrorist ranks.

Mohd Maqbool Hajam, a teacher in the school education department and a terror over ground worker (OGW), was another government official who used to radicalise individuals.

He was a member of a crowd that stormed a police station and other government buildings in Sogam. He was always found to be participating in terror activities, despite being a government teacher.

Ghulam Rasool, a Jammu Kashmir Police constable, was a terrorist supporter in the shadows. He also served as a terrorist informer, informing terrorists and OGWs on anti-terror operations. He was also known for leaking the names of police officers involved in anti-terror operations. He was also in contact with Mushtaq Ahmad alias Aurangzeb, a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist who had crossed into Pakistan.