August 12, 2019

Centre writes to Twitter for suspension of some Kashmir based handles allegedly spreading fake news

The Home Ministry on Monday wrote to Twitter, asking the microblogging site to suspend eight Kashmir-based accounts for spreading rumours,said a media report. The Union home secretary recommended the closure of few Twitter accounts for “spreading rumours and misinformation to disturb the peace and calm in the Valley.” The list of Twitter accounts includes one allegedly belonging to separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani.
The list of Twitter accounts recommended for suspension include:
1. @kashmir787 — Voice of Kashmir
2. @Red4Kashmir — MadihaShakil Khan
3. @arsched — Arshad Sharif
4. @mscully94 — Mary Scully
5. @sageelaniii — Syed Ali Geelani
6. @sadaf2k19
7. @RiazKha61370907
8. RiazKha723
The move comes amid a near-total communication blackout in the Valley. Normal life in the Kashmir Valley has been paralysed following heavy security deployment, restrictions on movement and curtailing of communication links after the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and moved a bill proposing bifurcation of the state on August 5. All modes of communication, including the internet and phones, have been snapped. While the Home Ministry has maintained that the situation in the Valley remains normal, foreign media have reported large-scale protests in many areas over the weekend.

On Monday, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval also conducted an aerial survey of Srinagar and South Kashmir areas to take stock of the security situation. Officials said police chief Dilbag Singh and Army commanders also undertook separate aerial visits of various parts of the Kashmir Valley.The officers found the situation to be absolutely fine, they said.

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