The Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered suspension of seven employees for allegedly remaining absent from duty in Jammu, an official said on Wednesday.

Minister for Law and Justice Abdul Haq had on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to the Directorate of Urdu Coordination Cell, an official spokesman said on Wednesday.

During the inspection, seven employees were found absent and the minister directed the department to place these officials under suspension, he said.

He also ordered attachment of the director of Urdu Coordination Cell to the Department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, the spokesman said.

Haq also inspected the translation work being carried out by the Urdu Coordination Cell and cautioned the officers of strict actions against any dereliction of duty on their part.