JK Police register case against Kashmiri Pandit Ashok Koul for spreading rumours

SHABIR IBN YUSUF  Srinagar - Police have registered a case against Ashok Koul, a netizen, for spreading false information about the kill...

SHABIR IBN YUSUF 
Srinagar - Police have registered a case against Ashok Koul, a netizen, for spreading false information about the killing of two Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir.

The case has been registered against Ashok Koul in Police Station Kothibagh Srinagar vide FIR number 44/ 2016, under 505 b (2) IPC.

On his Facebook page, Koul wrote: “According to sources two Pandits killed in Kashmir at some village… Many Hindu Houses Burnt… Internet Services Suspended.”

Police said that they have obtained the screen shots and have started investigations. “We are trying to know where from Koul is,” police officials at P S Kothibagh told Greater Kashmir.

At the same time Koul has admitted that it was false news and has tendered apology in another facebook post. “I beg pardon from entire people of JK that I posted many news without verification which proved fake ….These news were sent to me by one Raj Dhar from Kashmir. For this I beg pardon from people again. In future I assure you all that no such news will be posted. Again I beg pardon.”

However, police said his pardon means very less. “In case of internet facility across, it would have triggered riots,” police official said.

Simultaneously, a crackdown has been launched on rumor mongers. “Cyber cell is monitoring and acting on those aspects. We won’t allow misuse of internet for inciting violence,” a top police official said.

Police is also mulling to register a case against Vinod Pandit who tweeted that he is hostage in temple in Anantnag district. “I’m inside Kakran temple. We are surrounded by the mob who are relentlessly attacking temple with stone. No Army and security cover is visible.”

Police officials said that they were surprised how Vinod tweeted in Anantnag where internet services is down. “We believe that he has tweeted from some other state with malicious intentions.”

Education Minister Naeem Akhtar had said yesterday that a man, who had posted "baseless" and "untrue" information in Facebook about alleged killing of two persons from the minority community during protests in the Valley, will be booked.

He said this reacting to a Facebook post by Ashok Koul, a Kashmir Pandit.

Akhtar, while reacting to the post, said it was "totally untrue and baseless." "He will be booked under law," he said. - - GK Inputs 

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