JAMMU AND KASHMIR: Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar has warned people against “irresponsible social media comments that results in actual violence” on streets due to the situation in Palestine.
“J&K Police is keeping a very close watch on elements who are attempting to leverage the unfortunate situation in Palestine to disturb public peace and order in the Kashmir valley,” Kumar said.
According to the report, 21 people were arrested across Kashmir, including an artist who had made a pro-Palestine graffiti in Srinagar.
“We are a professional force and are sensitive to public anguish. But J&K police has a legal responsibility to ensure law and order as well. It, however, wouldn’t allow cynical encashment of the public anger to trigger violence, lawlessness and disorder on Kashmir streets,” he said. He also said that expressing opinion was freedom but engineering and inciting violence on streets is unlawful.
“All irresponsible social media comments that results in actual violence and breaking of law including COVID-19 protocol will attract legal action.” Kumar also urged the people to cooperate.
For weeks, there has been escalating tensions between Palestine and Israel. The two countries are yet to reach a solution. Israel strike Palestine’s Gaza with airstrikes on Sunday. A tower block that housed news media organizations, Associated press, Al Jazeera was destroyed in the airstrikes. The Palestinian militants also launched rockets on Tel Aviv.
Meanwhile, rescue services of Palestine continued its efforts to pull out of the rubble civilians who were killed.