North Kashmir range inspector general of police Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said social networking sites like Facebook are being used to "propagate extremist interpretation of religion" on the lines of IS to "motivate young boys to join militant ranks."
Addressing a news conference here, he said: "Scores of fake Facebook account operators are following the footsteps of IS with extremist interpretation of religion and are inciting innocent boys to violence and luring them to join militancy."
Most of these fake Facebook accounts are being operated from across the border, he claimed.
"Though several such accounts have been blocked but false propaganda unleashed through social networking sites is having an adverse impact on young boys," Kumar said.
Police in Baramulla recently claimed to have caught hold of around 50 boys who were intending to join militancy. "Some elements are using religious gatherings and platform of mosques to spread extremism," Kumar claimed.
He said police are closely monitoring such elements and any action warranted under law would be taken without any prejudice. "The recently rescued boys after due counseling were handed over to their families. Most boys, who intended to join militant ranks, hailed from areas like Baramulla, Handwara, Sopore, Bandipora and Kupwara," he said.