28 October, 2020

In J&K, Tweet For A Tweet

J&K militants mastered the use of social media. Army, police now aim to catch up.

Shoot & Spread
The police clash with a crowd in Srinagar. Cops are now saying their side of the story on social media
Photograph by PTI
In J&K, Tweet For A Tweet
outlookindia.com
2018-09-14T15:12:26+05:30
  • In recent years, militants in J&K have used social media for propaganda and to garner ground support
  • As a counter, army and police have stepped up surveillance and blocks, with a new wing to be set up in army HQ

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On the night of August 19, when the special operations group of J&K Police and the army laid a cordon around Muniward vill­age of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district to trap a long surviving Hizbul Mujahideen militant, Altaf Kachru, police first blocked the internet in the volatile district.

In practice, the inspector-general of pol­ice writes to the service providers, asking the internet to be shut down in a specific area. In this case, the data was cut off on the main towers of the district.  

In the early morning encounter on Aug­ust 20 in Muniward, two militants, incl­uding Kachru, were killed. In what is now a regular practice, the militants and their supporters tried to spread the message about the encounter through WhatsApp groups and...

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