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Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The Police will soon have a page and two handles, including one for the DGP's office, to counter by radicals or gangsters to influence people, especially the youth, through social media, an said.

The cell will be headed by an Inspector General rank officer and comprise 8 to 10 personnel, who will respond to any threat of misinformation campaign, the said.

The police has proposed to have a page, two handles -- Police and -- and a account, he said.

"We will soon have our presence on the social media," of Police (DGP) for Provisioning and Modernisation V K Bhawra said here.

"If there is any misinformation campaign and false on social media, we will put correct information and facts in the public domain so that the youth can also see this side," he said.

"Generally, you will find that when any misinformation campaign is being spread on social media, there is no version," Bhawra said.

The Police decided to be on to reach out to people quickly. "Our agenda is to connect with people particularly the youth and highlight the good and positive work of the police," he said.

The move by the police comes in the backdrop of alleged radicalisation campaigns being carried out from various social media platforms.

last year had also directed the police to remain vigilant against such campaigns.

The cell will also channelise complaints received through to authorities concerned, Bhawra said.

"We can channelise complaints to the right places, like to the Bureau of Investigation, Vigilance, etc," he said.

The had hired an agency to give its plan of having presence on social media a final shape.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 18:35 IST