Kashmir Cops Launch New Teams To Fight ‘Facebook Jihad’

Kashmir Cops Launch New Teams To Fight ‘Facebook Jihad’

2 January 2012
DNA
Ishfaq-ul-Hassan

Srinagar: Troubled by inflammatory and obscene postings on social networking sites, the Jammu and Kashmir police is establishing three special police stations to fight cyber crime in the state. During the 2010 unrest, several pages sprung up on Facebook calling for protests. Hundreds of netizens were posting anti-India thoughts which triggered stone-pelting at a number of places. Even separatists were encouraging the “Facebook Jihad” - the term used to spread anti India propaganda last year. The special cyber police stations will now be entrusted with the job of cracking down on hi-tech crimes relating to cyber frauds and inflammatory postings on social networking sites. “We did not have this facility earlier. Cyber crimes will be registered separately in these special police stations,” said Raja Aijaz Ali, Inspector General of Police (Crime branch). Special focus will be on defamatory campaigns on the social networking sites. “Complaints against people who post objectionable content against anyone or launch defamatory campaigns on Facebook will also be covered and investigated. Plus lottery frauds and credit card misuse will also be tackled,” he added. Police officers held an interactive session with the IT giant ‘Intel’ to know about the latest challenges to policing on cyber front. “New issues pertaining to cyber crime, futuristic challenges and counter strategies were discussed,” a police spokesman said. The cyber police stations will be in addition to the already existing special cell to track the cyber terrorists. ammu and Kashmir.