Arrest made in Kashmir over misuse of VPN


Handwara, Feb 22 (IANS): Days after J&K Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh said at a press conference that those found misusing internet Virtual Private Network (VPN) and spreading rumours on social media will be dealt with strictly, the Jammu and Kashmir Police started arresting people involved in misusing VPN in Kashmir.

According to reports, one person from Handwara in north Kashmir has been arrested on Friday for misusing the VPN by spreading fake news and rumours on social media. He has been identified as Waseem Majeed Dar.

Earlier on Wednesday, the police had arrested a Srinagar youth from Kupwara for spreading fake images and trying to malign the image of security forces.

Social media has been banned in Kashmir. However, many people have been reportedly accessing social media using VPN.

Dilbagh Singh had said in the press conference that the police were aware that people were taking advantage of the loopholes in the networking system. The government was closely monitoring the misuse of internet, he had said.

  

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