Strict legal action will be taken against rumour mongers: IGP
STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma on Sunday said there is complete normalcy in Jammu division and urged people not to pay any heed to rumours and maintain peace and harmony. The Div Com stated this while interacting with media fraternity during a press conference. The Div Com informed that the internet service which has been restored in some districts became ineffective today due to technical fault while broadband service is still active. However, the mobile internet services remain suspended in some districts as preventive measures, he added. The Div Com said that the rumour mongers, who are deliberately trying to disrupt the peace in the region, would be dealt strictly under law Meanwhile, low-speed (2G) mobile Internet services were once again snapped in five districts of Jammu this morning to check rumour-mongering, a day after the services were restored.
A police official said the authorities concerned directed service providers to snap the services around forenoon.
He said the decision was taken to check rumour-mongering besides maintaining peace and tranquillity.
Low-speed mobile Internet services were restored in five districts of Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday after remaining suspended for nearly a fortnight.
Mobile Internet services were snapped across Jammu region on August 4, a day before the Centre revoked the provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two union territories — Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Curfew-like restrictions were put in place across the state hours before the move. However, the restrictions were subsequently eased.
Immediately after the resumption of 2G mobile Internet services in five districts, Jammu Inspector General of Police Mukesh Singh had warned of strict action against anyone circulating fake messages or videos on social media.
IGP Jammu Mukesh Singh on Sunday said that strict legal action will be taken against those found circulating hate messages.
In a statement issued here, the IGP said that a lot of rumours are being circulated regarding some incident in Rajouri and Gujjar Nagar. There is also a rumour regarding a strike in Jammu due to which people are rushing to petrol pumps. “I would like to inform all the citizens through the media that all such rumours are baseless. No such incident has taken place anywhere,” IGP said
“The 2G network has temporarily been disconnected due to some technical reasons which is being rectified and efforts are on to ensure re- connectivity as soon as possible,” said IGP Jammu, urging people not to believe on rumours.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Sushma Chauhan on Sunday said that the situation is absolutely normal in the Jammu District.
Briefing media persons, the Deputy Commissioner informed that there is no untoward incident in any part of the district or the State. She asked the people of Jammu District not to pay any need to the rumours.
The Deputy Commissioner informed that the mobile internet has been stopped to prevent rumour mongering and prevent people from creating any panic. Some rumours about reimposition of 144 and closure of schools are absolutely baseless, she added.
“Things are absolutely normal. All citizens are expected to contribute in maintaining law and order in the district by not spreading any data or information which is baseless and unverified because that too will amount to a punishable offence,” the Deputy Commissioner informed.
SSP Jammu Tejinder Singh was also present in the press conference.
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