key departments deliberate threadbare in recent meeting, provisions of IT Act to be invoked
Jammu, June 12,-The Central Government is seriously mulling over the possibility of blocking social networking sites WhatsApp in roiled areas such as Jammu and Kashmir as it has come to light that militants are using it to remain in round the clock contact with their mentors operating from across the border, well informed sources said.
An official statement issued in the Union Capital on Monday said, a meeting convened in this regard discussed the effective measures needed to be taken by the law enforcing agencies to clobber the security challenges being advanced by the terrorists, militants and individuals propagating child pornography using the networking sites.
The issue was highlighted during a meeting held under the chair of Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauha where the details about the recent arrests in connection with the attack at Nagrota Army camp in 2016 were discussed in which seven army men had lost their lives in the attack.
The arrested militants had told their interrogators in Kashmir Police that they were taking directions from across the border through WhatsApp call, the sources said adding that they (arrested militants0 had been recently handed over to National Investigation Agency (NIA) for further interrogation. They were allegedly involved in transporting and escorting them (terrorists) from border with Pakistan to the Army camp
Top officials from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MoEIT), the department of Telecommunication (DoT) and those from the security agencies besides Jammu and Kashmir Police deliberated over the removal of malicious content from the various social networking sites posted by ‘keypad jihadis’.
These keypad jihadists belch out acrimonious material on the internet to trigger law and order situation by spreading canards or arousing communal passions at an event.
The security agencies were faced with increased problems by the internet users. They have been unable to decode encryption due to end to end offered by the service provider, the sources said.
During the meeting the participants referred to some countries which included those from the Gulf where neither whatsApp voice nor video calling was allowed, sources added.
The meeting also decided that the law administering agencies to coordinate with the IT department to ensure that action to block the content on networking sites is taken in a timely manner.
They also discussed steps to boost synchronization among the MoEIT, DoT and security agencies to check and delete ‘malicious content’ under Section 69 (Power to issue direction for interruption or monitoring or decryption of any information through any computer resource) Section 79 (limited access to a communication system over which information made available by third parties is transmitted or temporarily stored or hosted) in accordance with the provisions of the IT Act.
Why BJP pulled the plug in Jammu and Kashmir
1. Both PDP and BJP were looking for an exit to shore up credentials among respective constituencies. BJP moved pre-emptively to seize political high ground.
2. Gulf between the partners had widened. Disagreements rose over security strategy after Burhan Wani’s killing. PDP wanted a softer approach towards stone-pelters + and militants, mindful of massive resentment in Valley.
PDP loses partner, and its support base
3. Mehbooba Mufti’s moves mollifying her supporters in the Valley by raising the ante on Kathua gang rape and Army/security forces’ operations further annoyed BJP’s constituency.
4. BJP went along with PDP’s demand for a ceasefire during Ramzan + . This was not reciprocated by Pakistan-backed terror groups or separatists, and dented BJP’s image nationally.
Governor’s rule imposed in J&K
Jammu and Kashmir was today placed under Governor’s rule for the fourth time in the last one decade after the BJP withdrew support to its alliance partner PDP, prompting Mehbooba Mufti to resign as the chief minister.
A Home Ministry spokesman said “the President has approved imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect.”
The political developments of Jammu and Kashmir continued to dominate the night as President Ram Nath Kovind was in mid air when governor N N Vohra sent his report to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The details of the Governor’s report were immediately sent to Suriname where the president was scheduled to land at 6.30 PM (3 AM IST) on his maiden visit.
“After concluding his consultations with all the major political parties, the Governor has forwarded his report to the President for imposition of Governor’s rule under Section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir,” a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said last night in Srinagar.
The president after pursuing the report gave his assent and the same was sent to the Union Home Ministry by 6 AM IST following which a process of promulgating Governor’s rule was prepared and sent to Srinagar.
This is the eighth time
in last four decades that the state has been put under Governor’s rule and fourth during the tenure of Vohra since 2008.
The BJP stunned Mehbooba Mufti last afternoon after they pulled out of the over three-year-old ruling coalition with the PDP in the state and called for Governor’s rule.
BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav made this announcement that the party was withdrawing support to the coalition government which had been wracked by bitter political feuds and worsening security challenges.
“It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir,” Madhav had said yesterday.
Governor’s rule was imposed in the state for the first time during the tenure of Vohra for 174 days after the PDP withdrew support to Ghulam Nabi Azad-led Congress-PDP coalition government in 2008.
The PDP withdrew support to the government on June 28, 2008 following widespread protests during the Amarnath land row agitation that pitted Hindu-dominated Jammu region against the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley.
The central rule came to an end on January 5, 2009 after National Conference leader Omar Abdullah was sworn in as the youngest chief minister of the state.
Governor’s rule was imposed in the state for the second time during his tenure after the assembly election results on December 23, 2014 threw up a hung assembly with no party or combination of parties able to stake claim for government formation and Omar Abdullah, the caretaker chief minister, asking to be relieved from the duties with immediate effect on January 7.
The central rule ended after the PDP and the BJP stitched an alliance paving the way for the return of Mufti Sayeed as chief minister on March 1, 2015.
Last time the state was put under the central rule on January 8, 2016 after allies– the PDP and the BJP– deferred the government formation process following the death of Mufti Sayeed. It came to an end after Mehbooba Mufti was sworn in as the chief minister on April 4, 2016.
Centre may appoint new J&K governor after Amarnath yatra
Jammu : Former deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Kavinder Gupta on Wednesday said the Centre may appoint a new Governor in the state after the Amarnath yatra.
Speaking to ANI, Gupta said, “It’s a routine matter (appointing new Governor). The Central Government will see to it. The decision on this might be taken after Amarnath Yatra.”
The yatra, which starts on June 28, will continue for two months.
Currently, N N Vohra, who was appointed as a governor in the state in June 2008 and was given a fresh term in 2013, is among the few governors appointed by the UPA government to have continued in his position in the BJP-led NDA dispensation.
Gupta further stated that no new government will be formed anytime soon in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is working on something in connection with the ongoing issue in Jammu and Kashmir, the former deputy chief minister added.
“I don’t think a new government will be formed anytime soon. Uncertainties are there, but we are working on something and people will get to know about it,” he said.
Earlier in the day, President Ram Nath Kovind approved the imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, with an immediate effect.
Yesterday, Governor Narinder Nath Vohra forwarded his report to the President of India for the imposition of Governor’s Rule under Section 92 of the Constitution.
This came after Mehbooba Mufti resigned as Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Minister following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) exit from its alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Mufti said that the basic motive of the alliance was “reconciliation, dialogue with the people of Kashmir, promoting confidence-building measures and good relationships with Pakistan.”
The BJP’s decision apparently came after its chief Amit Shah held a meeting with the party’s Jammu and Kashmir cabinet ministers.
Citing examples of the growing acts of “terrorism, violence and radicalisation” in the state over the past few years, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav, while addressing a press conference in the national capital, said that the party was left with no other option, but to discontinue its alliance with the PDP.
The BJP and PDP formed a coalition government in 2015 after the state elections threw up a hung assembly. However, both of them were ideologically divided on a variety of issues.
The BJP had 25 seats in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, while the PDP had 28.
This will be the fourth time in the last 10 years that a Governor’s rule is imposed in Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI)
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