People behind the circulation of news ‘police sets ablaze hand carts at Soura’ identified: Police

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Srinagar: Police on Sunday said that it has identified the people behind the news of police allegedly setting ablaze hand carts in Soura.

“Few days back, a rumor was circulated on social media regarding forces set(ting) ablaze hand carts at Soura Anchar area. A case FIR number 81 at Police Station Soura was registered and investigation was put into motion to trace the rumour mongers,” a police statement said.

During the course of investigation, few Facebook pages, WhatsApp groups and individuals using social media who circulated the rumour, were identified, it said. “Legal action will be initiated.”

Petinently, police had rejected the reports that its personnel were involved in the blaze.

However, SP Hazratbal, later in the evening on the same day had assured the people of the area that he will compensate the handcart owners.

In a video which went viral on the social networking sites, the SP assured the people that action will follow against all individuals who are involved in the incident.

The people in the video can be seen blaming the police for setting ablaze the handcarts.