New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Police believes that Pakistan is not just provoking but using social media platforms like WhatsApp to organise Kashmiri youth to pelt stones at security forces.
In a recent case registered in Srinagar, J&K police has alleged that multiple WhatsApp groups with Pakistani administrators have been put in place to organise stone pelters.
These groups allegedly provided precise location, time of an encounter that is underway and ask youngsters to reach there.
“As soon as an encounter begins, precise information about location is sent by over ground workers of Pak based terror groups asking youngsters to gather at the site,” a police officer told Media Sources. Police also claims that investigation has revealed that these groups also put links on these platforms connecting youth from one area with the next.
DGP, J&K, S P Vaid, told Media Sources “It’s a fact that social media is being misused by enemies of the country.”
In Budgam, three civilians were killed after they started pelting stones at the Army and paramilitary forces even as efforts were on to flush out a terrorists holed up in a house. About 63 CRPF men were injured in the clashes.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti appealed to youths to not indulge in stone pelting. ‘if you have a grievance please speak to the administration rather than pick up stones,” she told the media after the Budgam incident.
Bipin Rawat immediately after taking over as Army chief had warned that civilians who prevent army from doing its job by reaching encounter sites will be dealt with a strong arm. The statement was condemned by many in the valley but incidents like Budgam is making government consider stricter crowd control measures.