Govt fully aware about usage of VPNs in J-K: Dilbagh Singh

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir police chief, Dilbagh Singh on Wednesday said that government is well aware about the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPN) by the people in Jammu and Kashmir.

Director General of Police (DGP) while addressing a presser in Srinagar’s PCR when asked about the use of VPNs said that at present the priority of police is to take action against those who are misusing the VPNs, reported wire-service KNO.

He added that Pakistan is leaving no stone un-turned to disturb peace in Jammu and Kashmir through social media and action is being taken against those who are misusing the VPNs.

Singh further said that the government is aware that people are taking advantage of the loopholes and making use of that. “We know it is being used despite instructions. But there is a line between use and misuse,’’ he said.  “Government is keeping surveillance on the misuse of the internet.”

The DGP further stated that police’s top priority is to maintain law and order, adding that when they found the situation has improved on the ground, the relaxation was given to the people and mobile phones and other services were restored in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that if the situation improves, further relaxation of the internet can be made.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar, who was accompanying the DGP during the presser, told media persons that the Home department had issued an order, banning social media in Jammu and Kashmir on January 14, 2020.  “Some people are using social media and instigating violence. We have proof of that,’’ he said.

He said their main priority is that those instigating militant are checked, adding that the people involved in spreading rumours and instigation will be dealt with strictly. (KNO)

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