Accused Can Face 7-Years Jail Under Law, Says DIG
SRINAGAR: Three youth have been put behind bars and a hunt is on for 23 others for posting threats and abuse against a Kashmiri all-girl singing group, police and reports said on Wednesday.
The trio was arrested in mid-night and pre-dawn raids in upper Srinagar, Gandarbal and Anantnag.
If proven guilty, they could face imprisonment of up to 7 seven years, the deputy inspector general (DIG) of police for central Kashmir, Syed Afhad-ul-Mujtaba, said.
Police vigil was said to have been stepped up in localities where two members of the group, dubbed as a rock band, live, following the chief ministers assurances of security.
A First Information Report (FIR) under sections 66A of the IT Act and 506 of the RPC has been registered in the Raj Bagh police station.
A senior deputy superintendent of police (DSP) is heading a special investigation team (SIT) to track down the other culprits, some of who were reported to have fled the Valley.
The police said that the web-abusers had been identified by zeroing in on their internet protocol (IP) addresses.
It has had to wade through a series of 900 posts on the groups website to sift threatening and abusive messages.
Those arrested have been identified as Irshad Ahmad Charah of SD Colony Batmalu, Srinagar, Meer Ahmad Shah of Baba Wayal, Gutli Bagh, Gandarbal, and Tariq Majeed Khan of SK Colony Anantnag.
They have been lodged in the Raj Bagh police station.
Charahs brother, Sayyar, told reporters that he had been picked up early morning from his home today.
A college graduate, Charah, was running a shop in his locality, and could have posted his message inadvertently, he said, adding that his brother had no record of illegal activity.
The families of the arrested trio claim that their sons had nothing to do, with the rock band controversy.
They have appealed to the chief minister to forgive the youth if they have committed any mistake unknowingly.
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