India fires four employees in Kashmir for anti-national activities

By Fayaz Bukhari

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – Indian-administered Kashmir sacked four government employees on Saturday, citing their involvement in activities “prejudicial to state security interests”.

One of the dismissed is the son of the leader of a militant group fighting India in the disputed territory of the Himalayas.

India and Pakistan each govern part of Kashmir and claim it in its entirety.

Two professors from the University of Kashmir were also fired. According to the administration, they were radicalizing students to advance Pakistan’s agenda, and a woman working in rural development who the administration said was funding anti-Indian activities.

“They were found involved in activities detrimental to the interests of state security,” senior government officials said, adding that the four employees were immediately fired.

India accuses Pakistan of stoking unrest in Muslim-majority Kashmir and has stepped up pressure on Pakistan in recent years.

Pakistan has denied providing material aid to Kashmir separatists, but pledged to provide continued diplomatic and moral support.

Over the past year, Indian-administered Kashmir has terminated the contracts of at least 30 government employees over suspected militancy links under a law that allows it to fire employees without investigation.

Reuters could not reach any of the dismissed employees for comment.

(Editing by Rupam Jain and Christina Fincher)

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