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SRINAGAR: Awantipora Police received information through reliable sources that some self-styled 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 Police/Security Forces. The operators/administrators of these self-styled 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.

Two administrators of these self-styled News Groups namely Sajad Ahmad Mir S/O Gh. Rasool Mir R/O Frastalbal Pampore and Shahid Ahmad Bhat S/O Gh. Ahmad Bhat R/O Namlabal Pampore have been identified and apprehended accordingly. 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.