The police on Sunday identified several social media groups that were “responsible for” rioting in Srinagar last week.
A police spokesman said several Facebook pages, WhatsApp groups and individuals using social media and circulating rumours had been identified in the July 12 case of arson during clashes in Srinagar’s Soura area.
“A rumour was circulated on social media about security forces setting ablaze handcarts in Soura’s Anchar area. An investigation has been able to trace the rumour-mongers,” said the police. The authorities were adopting a multi-pronged strategy to end fake news and rumours on social media platforms, responsible in many cases for deterioration of the law and order situation in the Valley.
A case was registered at Soura police station and investigation was initiated to trace the rumour-mongers.
“During the course of investigation, a few Facebook pages, WhatsApp groups and individuals using the social media who circulated the rumour were identified against whom legal action will be initiated,” a police spokesman said.
The police said on July 12, miscreants set ablaze a few carts and also damaged some tree guards and road dividers.
“People glorifying militants on WhatsApp groups could face prison up to two years under the UAPA,” said the police.
Sources in the police said the authorities will strictly implement the 2016 order that makes registration of administrators of WhatsApp groups with the deputy commissioner mandatory.