Ground Report | Srinagar
The Ladakh administration has directed administrators of WhatsApp groups to register themselves with local police stations.
Administrators have been asked to furnish their particulars and passport-size photos to police.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the administration said social media was being used “as a means of instigation” through texts and audio/video clips that “create an ambiance of hatred and fear among people”.
In a separate statement issued by police in Kargil, administrators have been asked to register themselves “within two days”.
The direction comes days after mobile internet services, snapped ahead of the scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35A on 5 August, were restored in Kargil. It was restored in Leh earlier.
Since the internet ban in Ladakh was lifted, sources in the authorities said, there had been a spike in the creation of WhatAapp groups, which are yet to be registered.