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Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid said on Tuesday that there is information about a large of heavily armed militants, who are waiting to cross the line of control (LOC). However, the army and the Border Security Force personnel were keeping a tight vigil on the borders and have been largely successful to scuttle their attempts to infiltrate into the state.

Besides that, DGP said that a big campaign is underway on social media from Pakistan to trick youths into militancy on the basis of false propaganda, but the police have taken effective measures to counter it and have managed to block many such accounts.

Talking to media persons after attestation and passing out parade of 215 recruits at the Police Technical Training Institute here, Vaid said intelligence reports suggest a huge presence of heavily-armed militants on launching pads across the LoC and the IB, awaiting an opportunity to sneak into the state.

Addressing the recruits earlier after inspecting the parade and taking the salute at the march, Vaid said, “Our neighbouring country has launched a major campaign on social media to lure youths into terrorism and violence through wrong information.”

“We have taken measures to cover it and, accordingly, media cells have been created at the range, district and zonal levels. We have opened 215 Facebook pages at the district level, 189 at the police station and zonal levels and 31 twitter handles and have occupied the social media space to counter the malicious campaign,” the DGP said.

He said many accounts feeding wrong information to mislead the youths have been successfully blocked.

Besides, that DGP said that from few months most of the local boys are giving up the path of terrorism and returning to the mainstream on appeals of their families. They are saving not only themselves and their families but are also saving the people of Kashmir from terrorism.”

Meanwhile, some agencies and groups are misusing the social media to mislead the youths,” Vaid said, and added the police also countered rumours about Article 35A through social media on Monday which helped in stopping the agitation.

The protests and clashes rocked different parts of the Kashmir valley on Monday after rumours spread that the Supreme Court has scrapped Article 35A of the Constitution which guarantees special privileges and rights to the people of the state.


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