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Authorities in Kishtwar crackdown on WhatsApp groups spreading rumours

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Cracking down on those using to show enforcement agencies in bad light and generate sympathy for terrorists, authorities in of have booked three individuals and issued notices to 21 group administrators, a senior said.

of Police, Kishtwar, said the action comes after police collected the details of various forums including groups over the last three months.

The police collected details of forums including over the last three months. A report was subsequently submitted to the with a request to issue an appropriate order for the proper registration and regulation," he said.

On June 29, District Magistrate, Kishtwar, Angrez Singh Rana ordered users of like WhatsApp group admins to seek permission in 10 days to continue running these groups or face action, he said.

So far, only five groups have come forward to register themselves. Of these, three are official and only two are private groups, Chowdhary said.

On the expiry of the deadline, we issued notices to 21 WhatsApp group admins to immediately register their groups with the concerned quarters failing which the action under law will be initiated against them in the event of anything done in these groups which is contrary to the law of the land, he said.

Besides, police have already registered three FIRs against different individuals in this regard, he added.

The said that misuse of by anti-social and anti-national elements to influence public opinion against the law enforcing agencies and glorify terrorists prompted the authorities to chalk out a counter strategy.

After collecting a considerable data on the activities of the WhatsApp groups, we came to the conclusion that many of them are being misused for dissemination of half-baked and unscrupulous information including rumours having potential to create law and order situations like a communal wedge and social unrest."

The anti-social and anti-national individuals with a criminal mindset transmit videos, audio and textual material generated by the militants, their over ground workers and the separatist elements to generate a sympathy for terrorists and glorify them among the youth, the SSP said.

The action comes at a time when terror outfits were trying to spread their tenterhooks in the hilly district bordering south

On July 1, police arrested two persons a Hizbul Mujahideen militant and an over-ground worker and said they were part of a module planning to revive militancy in the district and were also planning to carry out grenade attacks at crowded places.

The said that district had witnessed the mushrooming of several WhatsApp groups in the last couple of years.

"In case any such act of misuse or any unlawful act through social media, the police will take immediate action under the Ranbir Panel Code , Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act and IT Act, beside any other relevant provision of law in force at the time of such act," he said.

The said the SHO of station was directed to initiate legal action against a man named Daawer of Mughal Maidan for doing acts contrary to law as participant in a WhatsApp group-- 'the bold voice.

The admin of the group too was asked to explain his position by the authorities, Chowdhary said.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 16:45 IST