Controversy has broken out on Sunday regarding IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan's resignation allegedly over the Kashmir unrest. Sources report that he was previously issued a two-page show-cause notice by the Centre in July. The notice cites reasons such as 'acts of omission and commission' for proposed action against Gopinathan. Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) state that they had questioned certain decisions taken by the IAS officer.
Sources report that Gopinath had stated that the major reason for which he could not continue as a civil servant was because of the current situation in Kashmir due to abrogation of article 370. Gopinath has reportedly alleged that Kashmiri residents were being tortured in the state since the communication lockdown. Sources also report that Gopinath has faced disciplinary action due based on his 'Dereliction of duty'. Gopinath has justified his actions to the MHA, as per sources.
His resignation has been lauded by political leader Jignesh Mewani, who had tweeted in support of Gopinath. He stated that Gopinath's move was done due to the violation of freedom of speech and expression. Slamming the government for the restrictions in Kashmir, he said that some are taking a stance against 'fascists'. Activist and lawyer Prashant Bhushan too had called him an inspiration.
Recent reports from Kashmir have said that there are difficulties faced by local Kashmiris with the continued communication blocking. But officials have stated on Sunday that communication curbs in Kashmir have been eased to some extent and landline telephone services restored in most places across the Valley in view of the improving situation. The process of fully restoring the landline connectivity, baring in a few pockets, is underway and more telephone lines would be restored soon, they added. However, the services continued to remain snapped in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Press Enclave.
Apart from this, the NSA chief and the Army chief has also visited the Valley to ascertain the security measures as fresh threats from Pakistan have emerged. While fresh restrictions have been imposed in certain areas in wake of Pakistani threats, the Home Ministry has said that 65% of the retail chemist shops were open and have been providing medicines to the end-user retail shops. However, Markets across Kashmir continued to remain shut for as shops and other business establishments were closed, officials said last Saturday. Public transport too was off the roads, they added.