Over 2000 arrested for defying lockdown orders in J&K

Police on Thursday claimed that over a thousand cases have been registered and over two thousand were arrested in J&K for defying government orders on lockdown imposed in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The J&K Police in its efforts to ensure implementation of government orders across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for the safety of its people, lodged 1012 FIRs, 1295 number of shops and vehicles have been seized and 2303 number of persons were arrested for defying the government orders,” a police spokesperson said in a statement issued to GNS.

He said in Kashmir zone, 568 FIRs have been lodged against the persons for violating government orders and 64 shops and 447 vehicles were seized for defying the orders. To restrict the unnecessary movement, JK Police arrested 1691 persons out of which 1683 persons were bailed out after detailed counseling were given regarding the COVID-19, he said.

Similarly, in Jammu zone, 444 FIRs were lodged for violating government orders and 193 shops, 591 vehicles have been seized for defying government orders, he said, adding that 612 persons were arrested for not adhering government orders out of which 608 persons were later bailed out after counseling them regarding the threat of COVID-19

“Thousands of J&K Police personnel are on the ground ensuring strict restrictions on the unnecessary movement of people and the vehicular traffic across the UT besides helplines in every district have been established 24×7 for help and assistance of general people,” the spokesperson said.

Cyber Police arrests 7 for ´misusing´ social media, 8 FIRs Registered

Meanwhile, the cyber wing of Jammu and Kashmir police said on Thursday that seven people have been arrested for ´misusing´ social media and posting fakes videos and pictures to instigate people.

In a statement issued to GNS, the Kashmir Cyber police station Srinagar said that there have been a lot of reports of misusing social media sites particularly Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by the miscreants using fake and anonymous names.

“The Cyber Police Kashmir is monitoring all the profiles and the content being uploaded by the users. The anonymity of the profiles of users is of no defense and we can track them and bring them to face the law,” the statement said.

It said that Cyber Police Kashmir was also exploring the possibilities of invoking all the appropriate provisions of law available against such users.

Pointing out cases of social media misuse, the statement said that on April 14, a fake new was uploaded on Facebook wherein a morphed picture of Lal Chowk Ganta Ghar Srinagar has been shown with a flag of Pakistan administered Kashmir.

“Immediately the FIR was registered, accused were identified and arrested under the provisions of law,” the statement said.

On April 5, the statement said an old video was uploaded showing that 3 civilian were killed and 30 others injured, in order to create panic.

Days later, the statement said some miscreants uploaded fabricated document related to record of proceedings of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India disclosing restoration of internet communication.

On February 20, the statement said fake news was circulated on Whatsapp group titled “Kashmir Valley” disclosing that security forces has killed Jahnagir, Zia Ahmad and Uzair Ahmad in fake encounter.

“These kinds of posts not only destabilize the social fabric and disturb order in the society, but also escalate militant activities. On the identification of such posts, action under relevant sections of law was initiated and FIRs were registered at various Police Stations and Cyber Police Station of Kashmir Zone, Srinagar respectively.

So far 08 FIRs have been registered against such users in the different Police Stations of Kashmir Zone including Cyber Police Station Kashmir, Srinagar.

According to the statement, seven people have been arrested for ´misusing´ social media while one has been bailed out. (GNS)