2 Arrested For Circulating Fake News In Kashmir

Srinagar- Two persons were arrested in Kashmir for allegedly circulating fake news on social media aimed at creating law and order disturbance, police said on Sunday.

The Cyber Police Station here received information through reliable sources that some miscreants with criminal intention and to create panic among public have circulated fake information and videos having bearing on law and order on social media platforms, a police spokesman said.

He said it was also learnt that the miscreants were circulating photographs of militants of proscribed militant organizations on the social media and networking sites in order to provoke the masses and cause disaffection against the country.

The said actions have been undertaken by these miscreants in order to mislead the public in general and the youth in particular, the spokesman said.

He said a case was registered in the Cyber Police Station, Kashmir Zone, Srinagar, and investigation set into motion.

“Two miscreants have been arrested in the case,” the spokesman said, adding their names have been withheld.

The spokesman appealed to the general public not to circulate unauthentic and fake information through the social media platforms and warned of strict action under law if any person was found indulging in such activities.

FB user booked for ‘sensitive’ comments in Poonch

A Facebook user was booked for allegedly making sensitive remarks on the social networking site having potential to disturb peace and create law and order problem in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, a senior police officer said on Sunday.

Prashant Dutta, a resident of Surankote, has been booked under relevant sections of law after it was observed that he updated his social media account with sensitive comments constantly, posing a grave threat to peace and law and order, Senior Superintendent of Police, Poonch, Ramesh Angral said.

“We have registered a case under sections 295-A, 67 of the IT Act in police station Surankote and have started investigation against him (Dutta),” he said.

The officer appealed to people to make use of social media platforms in a careful and positive manner.

“Police once again warns all the mischievous people that whosoever will attempt to instigate the public by spreading rumours and fake posts having potential to disturb peace will be dealt strictly under law and stern action will be initiated,” the SSP said

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