Video-footage reveals involvement of govt employees in Kashmir violence

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Vinod Kumar

In a significant move to spot street protesters, inciting violence in Kashmir Valley, the state government has resorted to checking of video-footages at the Police Headquarters Srinagar, senior police officer said wishing anonymity.

Officer said that during checking of the footage, compiled from CCTV cameras installed across the Srinagar, it was revealed that many government employees are also involved in inciting violence, besides damaging public property.

“During the course of examination, it was found that many government employees, including some high rung officials are involved in pelting stones and damaging public property in Srinagar city,” said senior police officer, adding in first round of scrutiny over 70 government employees have been spotted.

He maintained that the footage detail has been submitted to the state government and the officers at police headquarters have been asked to keep eye on the government employees and report footage on daily basis.

Meanwhile, highly placed sources privy to the development said that there were reports from the CRPF and police that some government employees trigger protests and incite youth to pelt stones.

“There were complaints regarding involvement of government employees in street protests and after taking cognizance of the allegations government asked police headquarters to check video footage and spot government employee,” said sources, adding, “It was found that many government employees leading the protests and raising anti-government and anti-nation slogans.”

The sources further said that the government has received report from PHQ regarding involvement of employees and over 70 such names have been spotted so far.

“However, to ascertain the person found in the footage, the government has summoned the head of the respective departments to respond with attendance sheet, since the start of this unrest,” sources said and added that if the person spotted in the video footage are government employees, a strict action will be taken against him, even there are chances of his termination.

The sources, further said that the timing of the footage and official timing will be tallied and if the person is found hanging around streets and staging violent protests, the head of the department will have to answer and if he failed to respond convincingly, he will also be removed.

Sources further said that the number is expected to increase, as the PHQ has been asked to report footages involving government employees on daily basis.

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