Fake News on Jammu and Kashmir? MHA Asks Twitter to Suspend Eight Accounts For Spreading Rumours on Situation in Valley After Article 370 Abrogation
Indian Army personnel and Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary R Kansal. (Photo Credit: PTI/ANI)

Srinagar, August 13: The Union Home Ministry-led by Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday wrote to Twitter to suspend eight accounts, for allegedly spreading rumours about the prevailing situation in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. Along with this, the administration is looking at social media accounts for allegedly spreading malicious reports.

According to the reports, the Union Ministry is cracking down on the social media handlers who are allegedly trying to spread rumours and propagating malicious contents, which might disturb the peaceful environment of Jammu and Kashmir, post abrogation of special provisions awarded under Article 370. Rahul Gandhi Accepts Jammu And Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik's Invite to Visit Valley, Says 'I Don't Need Aircraft, But Freedom to Travel, Meet People'

Informing more about the action, Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary (Planning Commission), R Kansal said, as quoted by ANI, "Due cognisance has been taken of all the fake Twitter handles and of any items which create disaffection. It is being tackled at the appropriate level legally, procedurally and through appropriate measures."

Along with this, Kansal also opined that disturbances in the Valley are not new. He said, "We saw disturbances in the state in 2008 and 2016 too. There were 37 deaths in 1st week of 2016, but in the last 1 week, there hasn't been a single casualty. By imposing reasonable restrictions at least we've been able to save human lives."

Earlier on August 5, the Centre abrogated the special provisions of Jammu and Kashmir, granted to it under Article 370. Also, it divided the state into two separate Union territories - i) Jammu and Kashmir, and ii) Ladakh. Prior to this move, Centre imposed several restrictions including the imposition of Section 144, the congregation of any kind and shutting down communication services.