Feb 19: The Jammu and Kashmir Police said Wednesday that they will act against
the misuse of social media networks, which were allegedly being used to stoke
violence in the valley.
have evidence whereby social media was used through VPNs (Virtual Private
Networks) to tell militants to carry out attacks at certain places. On
priority, we are targetting such misuse of social media,” DGP Dilbagh Singh
told reporters here.
said the Jammu and Kashmir administration had issued an order January 14
banning the use of social media but the police was only going after those who
were misusing it.
are sharing information (through WhatsApp) with you which means we know that
you are using it. We are keeping a vigil on the use of social media and will
act against those who misuse it,” Singh said.
DGP was responding to a question about the police spokesperson using WhatsApp
to share press releases and send invitations for events including his press
conference Wednesday in spite of the ban on the use of social media.
have been several instances of misuse. For example, the driver of the truck
which was carrying militants at Nagrota sent a photograph to his handlers in
Pakistan the moment his vehicle was intercepted at the naka,” Singh pointed
have to differentiate between use and misuse… when someone misuses the social
media, there will be no room for leniency. You should be thankful that you are
able to use it,” added the senior police official.
General of Police Kashmir Zone, Vijay Kumar dismissed reports in some sections
of media that 200 persons have been booked for using VPN.
have registered a general FIR. The report that 200 persons have been booked is
absolutely wrong,” Kumar said.