In a clear misuse of social media, the Kashmir police has claimed that about 300 Whatsapp groups were used to mobilise stonepelters to hurt the security forces’ operations.
The police also claimed that 90 per cent of those groups have been shut down.
The police official said that every whatsapp group had around 250 members indicating determined attempts to disrupt the plans of security forces.
The official also said that they have initiated counselling process for those group administrators and had a good response to this initiative.
He also said the government’s policy of suspending internet services is showing favourable results.
Only a few youth gathered to hurl stones after two militants were gunned down in the encounter yesterday, which was a sharp contrast to an encounter in Durbugh village in the same area on March 28, when a large number of stone-pelters had assembled and three of them were killed in firing by security forces.
He said some of the youth listed personal issues like alleged harassment by security forces as reasons for taking to stone-pelting.