SPOs resigning: Authorities snap mobile internet in Shopian, Pulwama to curb circulation of videos

SPOs resigning: Authorities snap mobile internet in Shopian, Pulwama to curb circulation of videos
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Lady SPO from Kulgam announces resignation on video

Anantnag: To curb the relentless circulation of videos in which Special Police Officers (SPOs) are announcing their resignations, government authorities have curtailed mobile internet services in Pulwama and Shopian districts of south Kashmir.
The twin districts have been the epicentre of these resignations, which started hours after three policemen were abducted and killed by suspected militants in Shopian district on Friday.
More than 20 such videos were circulated over social media on Friday, forcing the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to issue a statement calling these videos as “false propaganda”. The Director General of Police (DGP), Dilbagh Singh, also refuted the “rumours”.
The MHA and the DGP’s statement however did nothing to sooth the nerves amongst the police force, as the resignations continued to pour out on Saturday as well.
Following this, the authorities late Saturday evening snapped mobile internet services in Pulwama and Shopian districts.
While police officials have been tightlipped about the internet blockade, a highly placed source in the police department confirmed that internet was snapped to prevent circulation of these videos.
“Despite the fact that we have received no official resignations from any of the policemen, these videos were creating some panic in the force,” the source said.
Moreover, pictures of policemen, including some officials, were also circulated by militants with threatening messages typed over the pictures.
Meanwhile, a lady SPO from Kulgam district announced her resignation from police through a video that was widely circulated over social media on Sunday.
The SPO, identified as Rafeeqa Akhtar, wife of Ghulam Muhammad Thoker, resident of Bongam area in main town Kulgam, said in the video that she has been part of the police force for 15 years now and was now resigning out of her own free will, without any external pressure.
“I have been working for the police department for the last fifteen years but today I am announcing my resignation through this video,” Rafeeqa says in the video.
A senior police official acknowledged that such a video has surfaced, but said that police have not received any official resignation from the lady.