Police cracks down on unregistered news portal circulating fake news
Two arrested intending to disturb peace in the region: Police
Post by Irfan Yattoo on Monday, December 11, 2023
Srinagar, Dec 10: In a significant move, Jammu and Kashmir Police's CIK wing in Kupwara district cracked down on an unregistered news portal for disseminating fake news.
In this regard, police has apprehended two persons , officials on Sunday said. They have been identified as Zahoor Ahmad Khan and Abdul Rouf Peer, both residents of Kupwara, were arrested for their alleged involvement in managing the site, named "Daily News & Analysis," adorned with a Pakistan flag logo.
A police officer said that the duo was arrested on charges of spreading false information with the intent to disturb peace and tranquillity in the region. The unregistered news portal had reportedly been circulating misleading news, contributing to the potential escalation of tensions in the area.
"The arrests were part of a coordinated effort by the Cyber Investigation Kashmir (CIK) wing to combat the proliferation of misinformation through digital platforms,” he said.
During the operation, law enforcement authorities seized several digital devices from the arrested individuals, which are currently undergoing thorough investigation. The authorities aim to trace the origins of the fabricated news and identify any potential collaborators or networks involved in the dissemination of misleading information.
The officer said the crackdown on the unregistered news portal emphasizes the commitment of law enforcement agencies to curb the spread of fake news and maintain public order. The arrests of the alleged site administrators send a stern message about the consequences of engaging in activities that threaten the social fabric and harmony of the region
“The seized digital devices are expected to provide crucial evidence in the on going investigation, shedding light on the extent of the operation and the potential impact of the fake news circulated by the dismantled portal,” he said.
The officer urged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious online activities as part of the collective effort to combat misinformation and ensure a secure and peaceful environment in the region. The case is set to proceed through the legal system as officials continue their efforts to uphold the integrity of information dissemination channels.