Police scanning social networking sites after Home Ministry advisory

  • Gaurav Bisht, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2015 18:20 IST

Fearing that fundamentalist elements could flare up communal tensions in the country in view of the hanging of Mumbai blasts-accused Yakub Memon, the Union home ministry has directed the state governments to keep a tab on social networking sites.

In its advisory to Himachal Pradesh (a copy of which was accessed by HT), the ministry has asked the government to the keep a check on the law and order situation and made special mention of social networking sites that, it said, could be used to post provocative material by anti-social elements.

Besides, the ministry has also asked the state to keep a tab on specific groups of people and meetings.

The state police chief, Sanjay Kumar, told Hindustan Times that the high-alert sounded after the terror attack at Dinanagar has not been scaled down.

“We have also alerted our cyber crime cell,” Kumar said, adding that a large number of cops in cities have been deployed in sensitive areas besides on the interstate borders to keep a vigil on the suspicious elements.

Following the Home Ministry’s advisory, the police have also intensified security along the Jammu and Kashmir border in Chamba and Kangra districts.

Chamba, which is set to hold the traditional Minjar Fair, shares its boundary with Doda and Kishtwar districts in Jammu and Kashmir, which were once infested with militants.

In 1998, Chamba’s Kalaban and Satrundi villages witnessed the massacre of 35 people, all from the nomadic Gujjar community, by militants.

Police have also made extra deployment at the entry points in Una and Kangra districts, which share the border with Punjab.

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