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Police books journalist over online posts for offences with jail term upto 7 years

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Srinagar: Cyber police on Monday booked a freelance journalist under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act’s Section 13 and 505 of Indian Penal Code over her online posts.
Section 13 of UA(P) Act entails jail term which may extend to 7 years and shall also be fined while any person on conviction under section 505 (public mischief) faces imprisonment which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both. Normally on conviction courts award punishments which shall run concurrently but they can order sentences to run separately.
In a statement issued here, police said that the alleged posts were “uploaded with criminal intention to induce the youth and promote offences against public tranquility.”
“The Facebook user is also believed to be uploading photographs which can provoke the public to disturb law and order. The user is also uploading posts that tantamount to glorify the anti-national activities and dent the image of law enforcing agencies besides causing disaffection against the country,” the police said.
Accordingly, a case FIR (No. 10/2020) under section 13 UA (P) Act and 505-IPC dated 18-04-2020 stands registered in Cyber Police Station, Kashmir Zone, Srinagar, and investigation has been set into motion, it added.
“General public is advised to refrain from misuse of social media platforms and circulation of unauthenticated information through such platforms,” police said, adding, “Any person found indulging in such activities will be dealt with strictly under Law.”

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