2 arrested for online abuse of all-girl band

Two youths were arrested on Wednesday night in connection with the online abuses and threats to the all-girl rock band of Kashmir, which forced them to quit singing. Tariq Khan was apprehended from Bijbehara, a town in south Kashmir, and Rameez Shah was arrested from Ganderbal in central Kashmir, police sources said.

The police continued to raid different places to apprehend a third accused who hails from Batmaloo area of Srinagar city.

Jammu and Kashmir DGP Ashok Prasad, who is closely monitoring the case, has directed stepping up of patrolling in the areas where two of the three girls of the band group reside.

The police have started tracking down the Internet Protocol addresses of the 26 users whose comments, out of the total 900 posts on the band's Facebook page, were found abusive, officials said.

A case in the matter has been registered under Section 66A of the IT Act and Section 506 RPC (criminal intimidation), in the Rajbagh police station here.

On Sunday, hours after the official Grand Mufti of J&K had opposed the rock band, two members of the group, Noma Nazir and Farah Deeba, decided to quit.

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