Srinagar, Oct 20: The Jammu and Kashmir government has sacked 12 government officials for allegedly committing “anti-national” acitivities. The employees are believed to be involved in the Kashmir unrest in worsening the situation. Several others are under observation, as per sources. Amid the ongoing tough situation in the valley, the Kashmir government on Wednesday arrested the employee. A top official said on Thursday said that the Jammu and Kashmir government has issued orders to dismiss over a dozen of its employees citing their involvement in anti-national elements.

“Reports on their anti-national activities prepared by the state police were forwarded to the Chief Secretary, who then directed respective heads of departments to issue orders terminating their services,” IANS quoted an officer. Employees dismissed include an assistant registrar of Kashmir University along with others from education, revenue, public health, engineering and food supplies. “The state government invoked Article 126 of the state constitution to carry out the action,” he added. Reportedly, authorities said that some of the dismissed employees were already booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA). Some of them have evaded arrest. (ALSO READ- Kashmir unrest: Curfew imposed in parts of Srinagar ahead of Friday prayers)

Normalcy returned to Kashmir today on 104th day following violent protests. Shops and business establishments including petrol pumps were have been opened. A large number of roadside vendors have also set up their stalls. Due to burning of two commercial taxis by unidentified youths in Parimpora area on Srinagar-Baramulla national highway yesterday,  the movement of traffic was thin compared to Monday. However, Kashmir continued to be curfew-free for fourth consecutive day but security forces continued to guard the valley. Security officials were seen deployed at various spots prone to protests and street violence. Over the past three months, police have arrested top separatist leaders and youths for allegedly inciting violence. Over 300 persons have been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA).

Following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with Indian army forces, the situation in Kashmir worsened. At least 91 people have been killed and over 12,000 injured in the last 104 days since July 7. Curfew marred with increased security in the valley has brought Kashmir to a standstill. Schools, colleges and other organisations have been shut affecting lives of many.