J&K Police Slap UAPA, Scrapped 66A Of IT Act On Social Media Users Defying Govt's Ban

Rohini Chatterji
A Kashmiri journalist holds her laptop and a placard during the protest against the continuous ban on internet following the abrogation of Article 370 by the government of India.

The Jammu and Kashmir police have slapped the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) on those in Kashmir using proxy servers to use social media in the erstwhile state. 

The J&K police, in a press release, said, “Taking serious note of misuse of social media, the Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone Srinagar has registered a case FIR against various social media users who defied the government orders and misused the social media platforms.” 

It has been over six months since mobile and broadband internet services were shut down in light of the scrapping of Article 370. 

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Under the UAPA, a person can be kept in custody by the police without producing any evidence against them. 

The Indian Express reported that the FIR came after many social media users uploaded a video of an ailing Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani. 

“There have been continuous reports of misuse of social media sites by the miscreants to propagate the secessionist ideology and to promote unlawful activities. Social media has remained a favourite tool which largely provides anonymity to the user and also gives wide reach,” the police said in the statement. 

The police said that the FIR was filed while taking into cognizance posts “by the miscreants by use of different VPNs, which are propagating rumors with regard to the current security scenario of the Kashmir valley”. 

While Kashmir has been reeling under the shutdown which has now gone on for...

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