J&K Police books Twitter handle for Spreading fake news

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Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday booked Sushil Pandit for tweeting fake news claiming the death of five CRPF men in a militant attack in Pampore.

“Police in Kashmir took cognizance of the matter when it observed that tweet amounts to an offence under law,” said a spokesman.

He said the police have registered a case in this matter at Police Station Pampore under FIR No: 49/2018 under section 505 RPC. “Investigation in the instant matter has been initiated to ascertain the facts pertaining to the case,” he said.

“Police has also directed a communication to the authorities at Twitter India requesting them to provide the details of this particular Twitter user so that he is made to face the law.”

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“Besides, people are requested not to pay heed to such unverifiable information and to stay away from rumor-mongering.”

“We have taken a serious note of this tweet and investigations have been set into motion,” said an official.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah had also demanded an action against the Pandit over the tweet about the fake news of killing of CRPF personnel.

“Given that NO ONE else has this “news” I think it’s safe to assume this is fake news spread with a malicious intent, the subtext being Muslim terrorists have killed Hindu CRPF jawans. These sorts of blatant lies must face legal action,” Omar tweeted.