J&K Police Launches Crackdown On People ‘Misusing’ Social Media

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IGP Directs District SSPs To Intensify Anti-Militancy Ops, Act Against OGW Network

Srinagar- The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Vijay Kumar on Tuesday directed his men to take stringent action against the people, including trouble makers and rumour mongers, who misuse social media platforms for inciting violence.

Kumar passed these directions while chairing a security review meeting at Police Control Room (PCR) Kashmir through video conferencing with Range DIsG and district SSsP of Kashmir Zone, a police spokesperson said Tuesday. DIG central Kashmir and SSP Srinagar also attended the meeting at PCR Kashmir.

The IGP, he said, directed the officers that persons involved in disturbing the prevailing peaceful atmosphere should be dealt strictly under law. He said that Kumar also instructed all District SSsP to enhance anti militancy operations in their respective areas besides, taking strict action against OGW network.

“He said that stringent action shall be taken against such elements who misuse social media platforms for inciting violence including trouble makers and rumour mongers,” he added.

Earlier, the police spokesperson said that IGP was briefed by the participating officers about the overall security scenarios in their respective areas and the security measures being adopted to counter the challenges.

Kumar, he said, was also briefed about the security measures and preparations put in place in connection with upcoming January 26 celebrations besides, the measures taken in view of third Covid wave.

“While interacting with the officers, IGP Kashmir discussed the initiatives taken for the maintenance of law and order besides anti-terrorist operations in the valley,” he added.

According to the police spokesperson, the IGP appreciated them for their commitment towards their duties and contribution in maintenance of law and order and in conducting successful anti-terror operations with no collateral damage.

Kumar, he said, emphasized upon them that such efforts and coordination with other forces working on ground should continue to ensure a peaceful atmosphere in the Valley.

“He directed the officers to make all necessary and required arrangements in connection with 26th January for ensuring peaceful celebrations of the event. He further directed the officers to personally supervise the arrangements required in connection with the event,” he said.

Stressing that the police personnel should be sensitized about adhering to Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB), the IGP, as per the spokesperson directed the officers to ensure that the police personnel who are the frontline workers be provided with Covid-19 booster dose in view of surge in Covid cases & the existing infrastructure including isolation wards etc be got activated to meet any eventuality.

Kumar, he said, also directed the officers to intensify the war against drug peddlers and root out the menace of drugs from the society saying that this menace is spoiling the career of youth.

“He also directed them to personally supervise the probe into the narcotics cases to improve the conviction rate. Besides, he also directed the officers to build up strong police-public relationship at all police levels and conduct regular interactive meetings with general public as such meetings particularly with youth will not only help in curbing the drug menace but will strengthen the police-public interface,” he said.

Expressing concern over the incidents of theft of copper wire along the railway track meant for electrical trains, the IGP, as per the police spokesperson directed the concerned district SSsP in whose jurisdiction the railway track passes to take all possible measures to prevent such thefts as also to identify the culprits involved in the crime.

“The officers were also directed by the IGP Kashmir to ensure timely help to those who require any assistance in view of inclement weather conditions and the special help-lines so established shall remain functional 24×7 with dedicated manpower,” the police spokesperson added.

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