Two news group adminstrators booked for spreading fake news: Police

Srinagar: Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested the two news group adminstrators for allegedly circulating malicious news against army personals.

Police spokesperson in a statement said that the two adminstrators of “Kashmir Zobe” and “Hamza Hizbi” group have been arrested after spreading remours on social media.

He added that Awantipora Police received information through reliable sources that some news groups viz “Kashmir Zone,” “Hamza Hizbi” and “Quick News” have uploaded/circulated photographs of some youth with malicious intention on social networking sites whereby rumors are being spread that the said youth are whistleblowers of Government Forces.

The operators/administrators of these News groups in pursuance of a well knit criminal conspiracy had spread the said rumors with sole motive to harm the reputation of said youth to defame them and to cause harm to their life and safety.

A case FIR number 89/2018 U/S 501, 505 RPC read with 120-B RPC has been registered on the receipt of this information at P/S Awantipora and investigation was set into the motion.

During the course of investigation, it convincingly came to fore that the said self-styled News Groups had spread the rumors with sole aim to defame said persons and cause harm to their life and safety.

Efforts are being made to identify the other administrators of such self-styled News Groups so that they can be booked under law.

Process for getting the said self-styled News Groups blocked has also been initiated.

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