Indian police threaten social media users of cases under UAPA

Srinagar, December 24 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, in advertisements published in the local dailies, the Indian police have warned the social media users of cases under draconian law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

According to Kashmir Media Service, the advertisements have been published on the front page of three main local newspapers. The main motive behind the advertisements is to intimidate the freedom-loving Kashmiris and force them not to highlight the Indian forces’ acts of state terrorism.

Under the UAPA, investigative agencies may get 180 days to probe a case, compared to 60 to 90 days under ordinary criminal law, which means that for certain offences, the accused is eligible to apply for bail only after six months.

In the advertisement, the police have cited examples of social media posts, which they claimed either promoted violence or acted as agents of terrorist handlers or were threat messages.

Notably, the advertisement published on Thursday in local dailies is the second of its kind in the last ten days. The first advertisement that had warned social media users was published on the front pages of local dailies on 12th December.

Soon after Indian Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat’s death in a helicopter crash on 09 December, several social media users in IIOJK had to face wrath for their so-called anti-national activities.

One of such cases was of a J&K Bank employee who was suspended for reacting with a ‘laughing emoji’ on a social media post related to the Rawat’s death. The other case was filed against the director of Haji Public School, Sabbah Haji, after she called CDS a war criminal.

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