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Ganderbal: Man held for ‘rumour mongering’

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Srinagar, Mar 30: A man was today arrested for circulating a rumour on social media that a shopkeeper had joined militant ranks in Ganderbal district, police said.

According to the police, photograph of Aqib Farooq Mir, a shopkeeper in Beehama area of Ganderbal district, was circulated on social media on Wednesday and it was claimed that he had joined militant ranks.

"Aqib was shown as a terrorist by fake name Umar Shair Gojri alias Abu Zeeshan. Investigations revealed that Aqib is a law-abiding man running a shop in Beehama," a police official said.

Following investigations, one Manzoor Ahmad Ganie, a resident of Masjid Pora-Tulmulla in Ganderbal, “who is rumour monger and an administrator of two WhatsApp groups ‘Shariyat Ya Shahadat’ and ‘Fiza Telecom’ was arrested,” he said.

An FIR under relevant sections of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) has been registered against the accused and further investigation is underway, the official said, adding more arrests are expected of people indulging in rumor mongering to disturb peace and tranquility.

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