The Jammu and Kashmir police in a statement said that they have detained five persons for spreading fake news about the situation in valley. The police has said that the detainees have made sensitive remarks which could lead to law and order problem in the region. The J&K police has booked the five men under relevant sections of law and have started legal proceedings against them. All the accused who have been booked are residents of Rajouri and Poonch districts but appear to be working outside Jammu and Kashmir.
Senior Superintendent of Police Rajouri, Yougal Manhas said that during routine surveillance on social media platforms, a team of Rajouri police came across five Facebook accounts on which sensitive updates are being made constantly with some updates that could emerge as grave threat to peace and order. The five Facebook accounts were being run by Zaheer Chowdhary Kalas, a resident of Rajouri, Zakir Shah Bukhari resident of Poonch, Imran Qazi resident of Manjakote, Rajouri, Naziq Hussain (Qazi Naziq) resident of Poonch and Sardar Tariq Khan resident of Mendhar, Poonch. The SSP said that the five accused are working outside Jammu and Kashmir and their fake updates, posts and comments are having potential to disturb peace and could have led to law and order problems here in Rajouri and Poonch districts. The J&K police has registered a case in FIR 530/2019 under sections 153-A, 66-B IT Act in Police Station Rajouri and have started investigation against all of them.
The SSP said that legal proceedings in the case have been started. He added that the process to get their passports cancelled through legal channels will also be started very soon. He also appealed all the people in J&K to make use of social media platforms in a careful and positive manner. The police also warned people from J&K who are now living outside the region from spreading fake news.
"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," said SSP. He also appealed all the people of Rajouri and Poonch working in countries outside India to make proper use of social media and not to indulge in any act which is against constitution and draws stern action. Two Facebook users were booked last week for their sensitive remarks and legal proceedings against duo is underway.