Police in Jammu and Kashmir has warned of legal action against the “misuse” of messaging services like Whatsapp and SMS to stoke communal tension.
“Misuse of mobile phone SMS and Internet messaging service to spread malicious rumours with an intention to stoke communal tension and violent activity constitutes commission of offences under the various provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prev) Act 1967, the Information Technology Act and Ranbir Penal Code.
“Anyone who forwards such messages (including audio, photos or videos) to other individuals or groups shall be liable for legal action under law,” police said.
The warning comes hours after the 80-hour-long Internet gag came to an end at 10 am today.
All data services including broadband and mobile phone Internet were suspended since Thursday midnight by the authorities fearing ‘misuse’ of services to raise communal passions following a High Court order to ban beef in the Muslim majority state.