Four employees of the Jammu and Kashmir government, including the wife of separatist leader Bitta Karate and the Hizbul Mujahideen chairman Syed Salahuddin, have been fired amid an investigation into possible ties to terrorism, officials said on Saturday.
Two other people who were fired were Majid Hussain Qadiri and Dr. Muheet Ahmad Bhat, who are both associated with the University of Kashmir.
Officials stated that the measure was made in accordance with Article 311 of the Constitution, which allows the government to terminate an employee's employment without conducting an investigation.
Bitta Karate's wife, Arjamand Khan, was reportedly employed with the Directorate of Rural Development. She has worked as an administrative services officer for Jammu and Kashmir.
Bitta Karate, also known as Farooq Ahmed Dar, is charged with terrorism and is a suspect in the murder of Kashmiri Pandits.
Syed Abdul Mueed, who worked in information and technology at the Department of Industries and Commerce, is the son of Syed Salahuddin, the leader of the terrorist organisation Hizbul Mujahideen, based in Pakistan.