Education department employee booked for social media posts on Sopore incident: Police

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir police’s cyber cell has identified many persons who are “misusing social media by spreading false propaganda against the government,” a statement said on Friday.

The statement further reads, “One such person namely Tahir Nazir Shalla S/O Nazir Ah Shalla who is working in the education department (Higher Education) who in contravention of social media policy for government employees was running an anti-national campaign on social media and tried to create an untrue and fake narrative,”

Adding that the accused was circulating highly “seditious and provocative posts through his social media accounts which were highly prejudicial to maintenance of law and order,” “The accused has been handed over to police station Sopore by cyber cell and got booked under relevant sections of law for further course of action. Investigations are set in motion to identify other persons involved in similar anti-state campaigns on social media and spreading false propaganda,” the statement concluded.

On Wednesday, a civilian, Bashir Ahmad Khan, 65, and a CRPF trooper were killed while three CRPF personnel were injured after militants attacked the personnel deployed in the Model Town area of Sopore in the Baramulla district. In the incident, five people including four CRPF personnel were injured. “We lost one CRPF personnel and one civilian. The CRPF personnel injured [are being] evacuated to 92 base hospital,” Director General of Police Dilbag Singh had told a local news gathering agency Global News Service (GNS).

The family of a civilian killed in north Kashmir’s Sopore, when militants attacked a deployment of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers, alleged that he was killed by the government forces personnel and not militants.

However, while the police and politicians had blamed the militants for the killing, videos of family members claiming that the elderly man was killed by CRPF personnel had also gone viral on social media.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Sopore, Javaid Iqbal denied the allegations leveled by the family. “These reports of CRPF personnel dragging him from the vehicle and shooting him outside are absolutely incorrect,” Mr. Iqbal told The Kashmir Walla.

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