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JAMMU: In a significant and welcome move, Kishtwar Police has tightened noose on 21 WhatsApp Group Administrators for alleged misuse of the social media platform, cautioning them to get their groups registered immediately lest get ready to face legal action.
The measure is seen as a major stride towards taming and containing the elements furthering Pakistan agenda in destabilising Jammu and Kashmir and encouraging the proxy war against Indian nation. In the recent past, several provocative posts posted by anti-national elements, notoriously known as social-media Jihadis, had caused spurt in anti-India and anti-security forces activities.
The action came after an order issued by District Magistrate Kishtwar for proper registration and regulation of the various WhatsApp groups in operation in the district.
In the last couple of years there has been mushrooming of WhatsApp groups in the district. There had been continuous reports of misuse of these WhatsApp groups leading to the dissemination of such information having the potential of creating communal and other law and order situations. Besides, there was a trend of glorifying the terror acts in the Valley by uploading the objectionable videos, audios and textual information.
The District Police Kishtwar collected details of the activities of the various WhatsApp groups over the last three months. It was found that most of these groups are involved in spreading concocted stories, fake news, half baked information and rumours. Besides this many groups were used for uploading such unscrupulous information having the potential to create communal wedge. There was a rampant traffic of audio-visual and textual material in these groups glorifying the terrorist acts.
Moreover, by using these WhatsApp groups, the anti-social and anti-national individuals with criminal mindset transmit the videos, audios and textual material generated by the terrorists, Over Ground Workers of terrorists and the separatist elements to generate a sympathy for anti-national elements in the public and to glorify terrorists and their activities among the youth and the teenagers. Besides, a number of elements were found involved in circulating in the WhatsApp groups the information related to terror acts and the encounters of the terrorists with the police and the security forces. The aim of circulation of such information by the criminal mindset was to generate public opinion in favour of terrorists and against the law enforcing agencies on one hand and to glorify the terrorists on the other hand, informed the SSP.
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