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Baramulla: Police on Friday claimed to have arrested the operator and Editor-in-Chief of ‘Kashmir Crown’ Facebook page, Shahid Imran at Dangiwicha area of Rafiabad in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

A police spokesman in a statement said that Police Station Dangiwacha received an order from court for lodging a case against Shahid Imran and his associate Ashiq Mir.

On this, a case under FIR no. 145/2021 under sections 384, 385, 506 (1) 420 and 120B IPC, was registered in Police Station Dangiwacha, it said.

During the course of investigation one person namely Ashiq Salam Mir, son of Abdul Salam Mir of Bagh Islam Baramulla was arrested yesterday and today Kashmir Crown’s Chief Editor Shahid Imran Ganie, son of Ghulam Mohammad Ganie of Ruhama Rafiabad was formally arrested, police said, adding that the investigation is going on.

As per the case registered on the direction of the court at Police Station Dangiwacha, the complainant, a girl (name withheld) of Chatloora Rafiabad had approached the Facebook page operator, Shahid Imran and Ashiq Mir to highlight the drug menace of her area which had ruined scores of youths of the area.

The girl had also stated that her brother too was involved in using drugs.

As per the girl’s statement, she was asked to record her statement on camera in the office of the Kashmir Crown Facebook page situated at Baramulla with the assurance that her video or audio would not be uploaded on the social media.

However, as per the FIR copy, the Kashmir Crown operators, to her surprise, breached her trust and uploaded her video on the social media, causing huge embarrassment to the girl and her family.

The girl in her complaint has said that after facing severe mental torture, she approached the Facebook page operators — Shahid Imran and Ashiq Mir — to remove the uploaded video, as it had been a breach of trust, besides it had severely dented her reputation and caused harm to her family as well as herself.

“However, the duo, as per the girl’s statement, demanded Rs 1 lakh from the complainant for deleting and delinking the video from social media. An amount of Rs 35000 was deposited by the complainant into the account of Kashmir Crown Trust bearing the No 0567010100000321 while the remaining amount was directed to be deposited into the account No 0567010250000193 owned by Ghulam Muhammad Ganaie, the father of Shahid Imran,” reads the application filed by the complainant in the court.

Following the application moved by the applicant in the Dangiwacha court, the Judicial Magistrate First Class, Dangiwacha ordered SHO Dangiwacha to lodge an FIR against the accused as per the law.

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