300 Whatsapp groups crackdown by Mufti Govt.

In a major crackdown in Jammu and Kashmir by Mufti government, nearly 300 WhatsApp groups which were being used by Pakistani terror agents to mobilise stone-pelters

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In a major crackdown in Jammu and Kashmir  by Mufti government, nearly 300 WhatsApp groups which were being used by Pakistani terror agents to mobilise stone-pelters in Kashmir to disrupt security forces’ operations, have now been shut down.

Each of these 300 WhatsApp groups had around 250 members and determined attempts were being made to disrupt the operations of the security forces by mobilising youth.  From which 90 percent have been shut down, a police official said.


"We identified the groups and the group administrators, who were called in by police for counselling. We have had a good response to this initiative," he said on the condition of anonymity.

He said the government's policy of suspending internet services appeared to be showing positive results in curbing stone-pelting during encounters and cited the case of yesterday's encounter in Budgam district.

This was in sharp contrast to an encounter in Durbugh village in the same area on March 28, when a large number of stone-pelters had assembled and three of them were killed in firing by security forces.


"With no internet services, the mobilisation of mobs has almost become impossible. Earlier, we would see youth from as far as 10 kilometres from the encounter sites joining the protesters to pelt stones at security forces to disrupt the anti-militancy operations.

"That did not happen yesterday during or after the encounter in the absence of internet on mobiles," the official said.

He said some of the youth listed personal issues like alleged harassment by security forces as reasons for taking to stone-pelting.


"Most of them get carried away momentarily," he said, adding authorities are also looking at further sensitising the personnel on the need to adopt a humane approach while dealing with the youth.

"With the internet facility withdrawn, the activity on these social networking groups and other sites like Facebook has come down drastically," he added.

Stone-pelting on security forces near the encounter sites has been causing major operational problems for the law enforcing agencies over the past one year. More than half a dozen youth have been killed in such incidents in the first quarter of this year.

However, the common people especially those from the business community say they are facing hardships, because of the inability to stay connected online.

"BSNL is the only landline services provider here in Kashmir. I hope the government takes steps to ensure that businesses do not suffer because of this internet ban,"  business communities said.

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