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FIR registered against two journalists for objectionable post, fake news: Cyber Police Kashmir

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IGP Kashmir appeals Journalist fraternity to check facts before publishing

By Arif Majeed
Left Peerzada Ashiq, Right: Masrat Zahra, both Kashmiri journalists

Srinagar, 20 Apr 2020

Police in a statement said that its Cyber Police Station Kashmir, Srinagar received information through reliable sources that one Facebook user namely Masrat Zehra is frequently uploading anti-national posts with the criminal intention. The post by the users can provoke the public to disturb the law and order and to glorify the anti-national activities etc. In this regard FIR No. 10/2020 under the relevant provision of law was registered at Cyber Police Station. The Cyber Police Station called the Facebook user Masrat Zehra to Police Station for questioning and not called to Air Cargo Complex.    
The statement further reads, On 19.04.2020 an information has been received regarding a fake news item being published in the “The Hindu” news paper by the journalist namely Pir Zada Ashiq, regarding an encounter at Shopian and subsequent developments. The details quoted in the news item were factually incorrect and could cause fear or alarm in the minds of public. The news published without seeking confirmation from the District authorities. In this regard Case FIR No. 81/2020 was registered in Anantnag Police station and the individual was called to Anantnag Police station for questioning. The police is under duty and lawfully empowered under CRPC to call for questioning.  The investigation in both the cases is in progress. 
Meanwhile IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar IPS appeals the members of journalist/ media fraternity to not to publish fake/ fabricated news/ stories, which has bearing on security of the nation and which has the potential of causing social instability and can lead to law and order problem. He further appealed that any such information be clarified / confirmed before publication.

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