Social media brands Ganderbal shopkeeper militant, police find him clean


Srinagar, A shopkeeper Aqib Farooq Mir got a jolt on Wednesday when he found that he was labelled as a newly-recruited militant and his picture was being circulated on social media.

The police spokesman said that today a photograph of a shopkeeper from Ganderbal was circulated on various social media platforms with the intent to cause fear and alarm to the public describing him as a new militant recruit. On verification, it turned out to be a mischief.

“Police on verification found that the said person is a respectable citizen and is running a shop in Beehama area of Ganderbal. The family of the said person was in stress after this fake news appeared on social media,” the spokesman added.

“The family has been assured of assistance by local police and in this matter a case FIR No. 46/2018 under section 505, 153 RPC has been registered. Investigation in the matter has been taken up. Strict action will be taken against the mischief/rumour mongers who are trying to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in the valley,” the spokesman added.