Jammu, May 01 | UT administration has told the Supreme Court while opposing the restoration of 4G services in the Union Territory that the terror modules operating within Jammu and Kashmir and their handlers from across the border incite people by the transmission of fake news.
“The terror modules operating within the UTs and handlers from across the border aid and incite people by the transmission of fake news and targeted messages through the use of the internet to propagate terrorism, co-ordinate and plan terror attacks,” an affidavit filed by the UT’s administration said.
The submissions were made in response to a plea filed by Foundation for Media Professionals seeking restoration of 4G internet services in the Union Territory in view of prevailing Covid-19 pandemic.
Restoration of 4G mobile data services will substantially increase the use of social media and other online platforms in uploading/downloading of videos and other propaganda material and their faster circulation, deteriorating the law and order situation in Kashmir Valley, it said.
The internet is being used to support fallacious proxy wars by raising money, recruiting and spreading propaganda/ideologies and prevalence of the internet provides an easy inroad to young impressionable minds, J&K said.
The J&K administration told the apex court that a very reasonable quantum of restrictions has been imposed by reducing the speed of the internet to protect the sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.