Responding to the fake news campaign being spread on the social networking platform Twitter, Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday said that one must not indulge in fake news and work for the welfare of people of the country.
He also advised the people to not spread fake news on any media platform including Twitter, Facebook among others and must work to ensure peace in the country.
"One must never spread fake news. Everyone must work for the welfare of the people and ensure peace in the country. Every media platform, be it Twitter, Facebook, or news channels must work for the welfare for the people," G Kishan Reddy said speaking to Republic TV in the matter.
Ministry of Home Affairs also took to Twitter and clarified that the restrictions in Jammu & Kashmir are being eased out in a phased manner in the Valley. The MHA Spokesperson also stated that the situation in the Jammu division has been restored, medical services are being provided to the people without any hindrance, and the National highway is functioning normally. Meanwhile, rehearsals for the celebrations of Independence Day are underway in the territory.
MHA spokesperson also reiterated that no bullets were fired in Jammu and Kashmir since the development related to Article 370 and Article 35A.
This statement by New Delhi came shortly after the Jammu and Kashmir police called out the attempt by Pakistan senator Abdul Rehman Malik NI on spreading malicious content on social media in an attempt to cause unrest and disrupt peace in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370. Taking to the social networking platform, the J&K police came out strongly against the fake news campaign and said that it had sought Twitter's assistance on the matter.
Pakistani senator Abdul Rehman Malik had put out a tweet claiming that the Indian Army had used helicopter gunships to go to war with the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir. The police lashed out at the Pakistani politician for spreading content that could lead to unrest in the state along with misinforming many.
Earlier, the CRPF called the fake news being peddled regarding the situation of Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 'baseless and untrue'. The CRPF clarified that security forces are working for bonhomie in the Union Territory. Amid the development, the J&K police had written to Twitter demanding details of an account that had spread fake news about the security situation in the state: