Srinagar, July 7 (GNS): Police on Tuesday filed a case under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and for public mischief under IPC over a letter attributed to former Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani having called for a strike on July 8 and 13.
Police said that the letter was fake and not issued by the nonagenarian who resigned as chairman of Hurriyat Conference last week.
“As per the family sources of SAS Geelani the letter is fake and not issued by him. This is published from Pakistan,” police said in a tweet. “Police is taking action against those who are circulating it through different social media platforms to instigate violence and create L&O (law and order) problems,” it said.
Later in the day, police announced that a case (FIR No 265/2020) under section 13 ULA(P) Act, 505 IPC (public mischief) has been registered in police station Budgam. “Further investigation is in progress,” the police added.
“Another poster is being circulated by miscreants to mislead the general masses so as to cause fear and alarm and incite the miscreants to commit offences,” a police spokesperson said in a statement issued to GNS. “These posters and fake statements are being circulated at different places and uploaded on different social media to glorify killed (militant),” he said, adding, “Some miscreants are forwarding such malicious and fake propaganda from across the border and within the J&K through various social media platforms, asking public to observe strike on 8th and 13th July 2020.”
The purported objective underlying such act is to propagate “secessionist ideas and peddle rumour mongering in order to terrorise the general public and create commotion so that a strike is observed and people indulge in unlawful activates and disrupt law and order.”
The spokesperson said that the act of unknown “miscreants prima facia constitutes offences in term of section 13 UA(P) Act, 505 IPC. Accordingly, a case FIR No. 265/2020 under relevant sections of law stands registered at Police Station Budgam and investigation thereof is set into motion.”
“People are requested not to pay any heed to such provoking posters and fake statements,” the spokesman added. (GNS)