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Former mantri's 'irresponsible' tweet creates panic in Kashmir at midnight
2/23/2019 11:52:39 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Feb 23: An alleged irresponsible tweet by a former minister "created panic" in Kashmir last night.The former senior minister who is also leader of a regional party had allegedly tweeted last night a sensational post that created "atmosphere of chaos and confusion" in the state. Netizens said the former minister posted that "Srinagar is agog with rumours & speculations tonight," later he deleted the tweet.
Though the said leader is understood to have removed the tweet after a while, the content seems to have fueled rumor mills. Sources in police said the tweet was seen as irresponsible by the government as it created an undue air of chaos in the Valley. "That time some jets were hovering near Srinagar airport whereas some separatist leaders were also being arrested. In the given moment of time his tweet created fear in the minds of many," said a senior official on the condition of anonymity.
It is pertinent to mention here that many people complained of having spent sleepless night in Kashmir apprehending that something untoward took place after they read the tweet that was shared on social media.
"From fearing that curfew would be clamped to major CASO, people started thinking that situation was not normal," said some officials in know of the matter.
Pertinently the said politician has lot of followers in Twitter. "When you have over two million followers on twitter, your posts need to be very sensible," said a senior politician.
It is pertinent to mention here that numerous separatist leaders were arrested by Jammu and Kashmir Police last night.
Those arrested include Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and several cadres of Jamaat E Islami.
Reports have been saying that there was likelihood that those arrested could be shifted to jails outside Kashmir.
After the terror attack on the paramilitary CRPF on February 14, the government has started to tighten noose around the separatists.
While security of many of them has been withdrawn, several of them have been detained.
Despite repeated attempt the leader who alleged made the tweet couldn't be contacted for comments.
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