- 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
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...