Jammu and Kashmir police has launched a massive crackdown against the online abusers and arrested three youth for allegedly posting threats and abuses against all girls rock-band Praagaash forcing them to quit (the band).
Police said the youth were arrested from Ganderbal, Srinagar and Anantnag districts during overnight raid on their residences. Police identified the youth as Tariq Majid Khan of Anantnag, Rameez Ahmad Shah Ganderbal and Irshad Ahmad Chara of Srinagar.
“I am glad the police in Kashmir has identified and arrested two people for the online threats made to the girls. I am told more arrests possible”, tweeted Omar Abdullah, J&K chief minister
Police sources said the youth were using fake face book accounts to post threats on the face book page of Praagaash. The cyber cell of the police hacked their account and traced their IP address.
After establishing their identity different police parties rushed to these areas and apprehended the youth. “Srinagar police arrested three persons for posting abusive and intimidating comments on a social networking site against Praagaash”, said a police spokesperson.
The arrests were a day after police registered a case under section 506 Ranbir Penal Code (Criminal intimidation) and 66 A of Information Act (Any person who sends by means of computer, resource of a communication device any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character…. for the purpose of causing inconvenience, danger, obstruction, criminal intimidation, enmity etc) in the police station Raj Bagh.
Police are looking for more than a dozen youth who had also posted the abusive comments on the Praagaash page.
Police with the help of cyber cell experts are busy trying to break into the accounts of moral police brigade who are using the social media to settle scores and intimidate gullible people by posting abusive and threatening posts. “The investigation is going on and more arrests are expected”, said the spokesperson.
Police however has not taken any action against Grand Mufti of Kashmir Bashir-ud-din Farooqi for issuing fatwa against the band forcing all the girls to call it a day.
Police inaction against Mufti notwithstanding, a prominent human rights lawyer and patron of J&K Coalition of Civil Societies has decided to file a writ petition against Mufti for running self styled Supreme Court of Shariat in Kashmir.
“Mufti has no legal standing but the government is allowing him to run a parallel judicial system. He is demonizing the Kashmiri population by his decrees before the international community by presenting them as intolerant and radicals”, said Imroz.