Police register case under IT Act

Unregistered Websites Under Scanner


Srinagar, Feb 5: Jammu and Kashmir Police has filed a case against unidentified persons who reportedly gave online threats to Kashmir’s first all-girl rock band- Pragaash.
The case has been registered in Police Station Rajbagh, Srinagar, vide FIR number 05/2013 under Section 66 A of the IT Act and Section 506 RPC (criminal intimidation). Deputy Superintendent of Police Feroz Yahya, posted in police cyber cell, has been appointed as investigating officer in the case. The investigation will be supervised by Senior Superintendent of Police, Srinagar, Syed Aashiq Hussain Bukhari.
“We have registered a case and investigations are in full swing. We will investigate every factor,” Bukhari told Greater Kashmir on Tuesday. “So far nobody has been identified, but we expect breakthrough soon.”
According to a top police officer, the FIR was registered late Monday evening. He said the investigators have started to get the Internet Protocol (IP) address of different computer users. “First the investigators are trying to ascertain the IP addresses of several fake Facebook users and people running unregistered news portals,” he said. “The threat has been circulated by different pages. Yet it has not been ascertained from which page/site the first threat and abuse had been sent to Pragaash team,” the police officer said.
The police officer said that there were conflicting reports about the threat. “Some say it has been issued in December and later it was circulated on Facebook and other websites. We are verifying,” he said.
The involved people, the police officer said, will be booked under section 66A of the IT Act under which they can be jailed for three years, fined up to a maximum of Rs two lakh or both.
The police officer said that unregistered news websites are also under scanner and in future they are likely to be banned. “Most of times they too trigger controversy by publishing things without any authenticity,” he said and added that the Registration Authorities, respective District Magistrates, would be approached in this regard.
DM Srinagar, Baseer Ahmad Khan, told Greater Kashmir that unregistered websites will have to face action. “Let the file be forwarded to me, I will take stern action against such people who run unregistered websites,” he said.

 Meanwhile, the Centre Tuesday said one positive thing that emerged from the episode of threats to Kashmir’s all-girl rock band was that the entire political spectrum had backed them and hoped freedom of speech and expression will be allowed to flourish in its entirety.
 “In this entire episode, one positive thing that has emerged is that in Jammu and Kashmir's political landscape, all political parties have supported the girls and their band and encouraged them,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters here.
 “We do hope that this support will persevere and the freedom of speech and expression will be allowed to flourish in its entirety,” he further said.
 I&B Minister said that for a strong democracy, the freedom to right and speak is applicable to everyone and cannot be compromised. WITH INPUTS FROM PTI

Lastupdate on : Tue, 5 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 5 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 6 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST

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