Nowgam gunfight: Youth held for leveling false allegations against chemist

By: Amjad Hussain

Srinagar: Police on Friday claimed to have arrested an ‘anonymous’ social media user from Chattabal area in the old city for ‘propagating’ false information vis-à-vis involvement of a chemist from minority community with Nowgam anti-militancy operation.

Addressing a press conference here, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar, Sandeep Chaudhary said that a youth from Chattabal area was arrested by the police for fuelling fake information vis-à-vis involvement of a man belonging to the minority community with Nowgam encounter.

SSP Srinagar said the youth has the history of ‘maligning’ people, thus putting their life at grave risk through his fake posts on social media.

He said after thorough investigation of the issue, an FIR was lodged at Cargo and the anonymous user whom he identified as Samiullah Chalroo of Chattabal was arrested.

“Samiullah, a BCA graduate who also does a private job was operating several accounts on social media including facebook and tweeter and was fuelling false information about people thus putting their life in trouble,” added SSP.

Chaudhary said since the instant case was grave in nature, police took serious cognizance of the issue and on the basis of investigations, arrested the accused. Elaborating, SSP said Samiullah was operating tweeter and facebook with two different IDs.

“After the Nowgam encounter in which a militant from Shopian was killed, we noticed that an account had been created on facebook in the name Urva Andrabi and the user was posting frequently on his timeline. He had also created another fake twitter account in the name of Sana Nazki and was fuelling fake information about a chemist,” SSP said.

SSP said the man against whom the accused had leveled allegations for being involved in anti-militancy operation is a chemist who lives a normal life and has no involvement in any such activity. Chaudhary asked people to use social media sensibly without putting others’ lives in trouble.

“We warn people to be cautious and use social media sensibly, we have tools, investigation skills through which you may also land in jail, so be cautious while using facebook and twitter as your single post may jeopardize lives of others,” SSP Srinagar added.

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