Uttarakhand: Dehradun Police Books JNU’s Shehla Rashid For Spreading Fake News On Social Media

Controversial left-wing activist Shehla Rashid (Representative image) (Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Uttarakhand Police has booked Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) activist Shehla Rashid for disseminating fake news in connection with security of students in the state capital - Dehradun, reports Financial Express.

You can also read this in Hindi- कश्मीरी छात्रों के विषय में मिथ्या समाचार फैलाने के लिए शेहला रशीद पर मामला दर्ज

The state police has registered a case against Rashid in Prem Nagar police station of the city for allegedly spreading misinformation in a tweet about the condition of Kashmiri students in Uttarakhand after the Pulwama attack.

She has been booked by the police under sections 505, 153 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code.

According to the report, Rashid, in a series of tweets, had claimed that some Kashmiri girls were trapped in a hostel in Dehradun as an angry mob outside demanded their eviction from the hostels.

“SOSKashmir 15-20 Kashmiri girls trapped in a hostel in Dehradun for hours now, as an angry mob outside demands that they be expelled from the hostels. This is in Dolphin Institute. Police is present but unable to disperse the mob,” she said in a tweet.

However, the CRPF, issued an advisory saying, “Fake news about harassment of students from Kashmir is being propagated by various miscreants on social media. CRPF helpline has enquired about complaints about harassment and found them incorrect. These are attempts to invoke hatred Please DO NOT circulate such posts.”

The Uttarakhand police also replied to the claims of harassment of Kashmiri students and said in a tweet, “There are rumours that few Kashmiri girls trapped in a hostel in Dehradun for hours due to an angry mob. This is not true Police sorted out d issue There r no crowds Initially there was some confusion regarding slogans by Kashmiri girls in favour of Pakistan which was resolved.”

At least 44 CRPF jawans are believed to have lost their lives in an IED attack at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on 14 February.

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