Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police has filed a FIR and has begun a search operation for those involved in attacking the all-girl rock band ‘Pragaash’ online. Watch: FIR against online abusers l Tewari supports J&K girl band
According to reports, police has also identified those persons and they could be arrested soon.
“A case under Section 66 A of the IT Act and Section 506 IPC (Criminal Intimidation) has been registered in Rajbagh police station with regard to the hate messages posted on the Facebook page of the ‘Pragaash’ band,” a police spokesman said today.
He said the investigations are in full swing but refused to give any details.
However, an official associated with the investigation said, police have been able to identify at least six persons who had posted hate messages with the help of experts from the cyber crime cell.
“So far half a dozen Facebook users who had posted hate messages have been identified while efforts are on to identify the others,” the official said on the condition of anonymity.
He said the Facebook page of the band had received a large number of posts — mostly critical — and it would take some time to sift through all of them. “Arrests are likely to be made in the next couple of days,” he added.
‘Pragaash’ on Monday decided to call it quits in the wake of a fatwa issued by grandmufti terming singing as un-Islamic.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was among a large number of political leaders, who extended their unflinching support to the girls, urging them not to quit singing because of a “bunch of morons”.
“The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and the entire political spectrum have spoken out in the favour of freedom of expression and we do hope on this issue across the political spectrum of Jammu and Kashmir there would be a decree of unanimity which would ensure that the freedom of speech and expression can be allowed to flourish without any curbs on it,” said Manish Tewari, Congress leader, today.