Police begins investigation into “hit list prepared by militants”

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Srinagar: Police has started investigation after a hit list of some people went viral on social media.

In a statement, police said that, on 29th August and 2nd of September 2020, militant leaders acting under instruction from across, conspired with some of their overground associates and other anti social elements and prepared hit lists containing names and details of civilians, activists, political workers and forces personnel.

The statement further stated that, Such hit lists were uploaded and with the help of cyber OGWs these were circulated widely apparently with two motives: Use it as a direction to other militants operating elsewhere and their associates to target these persons and also to terrorise civilians, government employees and forces personnel from serving the public honestly and sincerely because that would mean restoration and victory of peace and prosperity and defeat of fear, violence and lawlessness which the militants and secessionist represent.

Separately but connectedly a fake image depicting a young boy joining the militant ranks too was created and uploaded to spread negativity and also harm the boy variously, the statement read.

Adding that police has taken the cognizance of the matter and an FIR has been registered and a full fledged criminal investigation backed by technical teams has been initiated and efforts are afoot to identify both the original offenders who created the content as well as others who are allowing their connections and accounts to maintain the communication systems of the militant networks.

“It is to be borne in mind that in the event of harm coming to any of the persons in these lists, persons propagating these lists by way of forwarding or copying and reposting shall be equally liable variously for murder, grievous injuries, kidnapping and criminal intimidation,” the statement further reads.

Kashmir Police also is seeking help from general public in identifying such miscreants who are aiding and abetting militants agenda, the statement added.(GNS)

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