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Centre asks states, UTs to prevent mob lynching

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New Delhi, July 5: The Union Home Ministry has issued an advisory to states and Union Territories (UTs) asking them to take measures to prevent incidents of mob lynching fuelled by rumours of child lifting circulating on social media, an official said on Thursday.

The advisory urged the states as well as the UTs to keep a watch for “early detection of such rumours and initiate effective measures for countering them”.

“The states and UTs have been asked to direct district administrations to identify vulnerable areas and conduct community outreach programmes for creating awareness and building confidence,” the advisory said.

It was also stressed that complaints of child abduction or kidnapping should be properly investigated to instil confidence among the affected persons.

The mob attacks were mostly sparked off by rumours of child lifting sent out through WhatsApp messaging service.

Five persons were beaten to death by a mob in Maharashtra’s Dhule district on suspicion of being child-lifters.

A series of similar unfortunate incidents has rocked many states, including Assam, Karnataka, Tripura and West Bengal, with people being beaten to death simply on suspicion of being child-lifters or thieves owing to false rumours on social media.

The Indian government on Tuesday asked WhatsApp to take immediate action to end the menace of spreading messages that impact the country’s law and order situation and ensure that the platform is not used for such malafide activities.

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J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch

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Srinagar, Feb 21: The Pakistan army violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector on Wednesday late night.

This comes at a time when relations between the two countries have soured in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack that killed at least 40 CRPF jawans on February 14.

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Himachal avalanche: 5 soldiers still missing, rescue underway

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Shimla, Feb 21: Despite inclement weather, rescuers on Thursday resumed a search operation near the Tibet border with Himachal Pradesh where a snow avalanche claimed life of a soldier and five went missing.

As the rescue operations entered the second day, the authorities suspected that the soldiers might be trapped in the snow pile spread over a 200 square metre area.

“This morning the search operation began despite intermittent snowfall,” a government official told news agency IANS.

The calamity triggered yesterday when the glacier near Namgia Dogri, burying six jawans of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles while 16 of them were on a routine patrol.

Five Indo-Tibetan Border Force (ITBP) soldiers were also wounded in the mishappening.

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Fresh snowfall, landslides shut Jammu-Srinagar highway

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Jammu, Feb 21: Fresh snowfall in the Bannihal sector and multiple landslides in the Ramsoo-Ramban sector blocked the Jammu-Srinagar highway, prompting halt of all traffic on Thursday on the strategic route.

“Over a foot of fresh snow has accumulated on the highway in Bannihal sector. There have been multiple landslides triggered by heavy rain at places in the Ramsoo-Ramban sector, as well,” a traffic department official said.

It is raining heavily along the 300-km stretch at various places both in the Kashmir Valley and the Jammu division.

“No vehicular traffic will be allowed on the highway today. Snow and landslide clearance operation will be started immediately after the weather improves,” the Traffic Department said.

The official said stranded vehicles along the highway were all parked at safe places.

The highway is regarded as the jugular vein of the landlocked valley as all essential supplies are routed to Kashmir through this road. Each time the highway gets blocked, shortages of essential supplies hit the valley.

From February 6 to 12 the highway had remained shut causing acute crisis in the valley.

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