No leniency to those misusing it: DGP
The police is keeping a close surveillance on use of social media by netizens in Kashmir as its Cyber Police has already registered a case regarding the misuse of social media through Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).
Cyber Police Station Kashmir in Srinagar has registered an open FIR after taking cognizance of misuse of social media by netizens using VPN to bypass the ban imposed by administration.
Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said they were watching to what extent the social media is being used “under tolerable limits” despite government ban.
“Otherwise, the government will be forced to take decision (on social media internet) which would be based on its use and misuse,” Singh said during a news conference here.
The police chief said they were keeping surveillance on misuse of social media.
He said police was aware that people were taking use of loopholes (VPNs) to access social media despite instructions from administration not to use it.
“The ISPs don’t have such arrangement in place to block it (VPNs) despite government orders to block it,” he said adding “the difference between the use and misuse of social media was noticeable.”
“When it is misused, there will be no leniency. If we are arresting people based on its use, we know people are misusing it and we are selectively pickup up,” the DGP said.
Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said despite ban on social media people were using the social media through VPNs and some miscreants spread rumours, instigate people while some facilitate militants in throwing grenades and carry out militant activities in the Valley.
“We have proof. We have lodged a general FIR,” Kumar said during a news conference here on Wednesday.
He said that during investigation whosoever is found involved in misusing social media will be arrested.
“The first priority of Police would be those who spread rumors, instigate people and some facilitate militants,” Kumar said.
DGP Singh said contemporarily it was difficult to work without technology and it helps in various tasks.
He said police force has been equipped with drones to live stream the law and order disturbances in the valley.
“Police used to get very less evidence in case wherever stone pelting use to take place. Then, the plea would arise that the person, involved, is innocent. Today we get live evidence of such cases,” Singh said.
The police chief said the mobile checkpoints erected on highways are equipped with CCTVs while some are being installed to monitor the activities and keep evidence of things if missed at the checkpoint.
“There are more things in plan to strengthen capabilities of police,” he said.