December 24th, 2010 by admin
The ban on SMS services in Jammu & Kashmir during the summer unrest may have imposed by the state government but the protests continued unabated as militants and their sympathizers used Bluetooth technology to circulate “provocative” video clips.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police for south Kashmir Shafqat A Watali told reporters, “The provocative clips were sent from one mobile to another using Bluetooth. Even though the SMS is banned, they used the Bluetooth. With most of the youth whom we have arrested (during the unrest), we found these provocative video clips.”
The DIG claimed the Lashkar-e-Toiba militant module which was busted in south Kashmir was using the Bluetooth technology to distribute “provocative” video clips which he said “can motivate anyone”.
Watali, however, did not say who had made the videos or what their content was.
Government banned the SMS services in the state as protests erupted in the region in the aftermath of the killing of a teenage student when he was hit in the head by a tear smoke cannister fired by a policeman.
During this summer’s unrest, protestors used mosque loudspeakers to broadcast the Jihadi anthems and speeches of militant leaders – reminiscent of the early 1990s when militants would play these songs to boost their morale.
Protestors have also been using the internet and social networking sites as a means to remain connected with each other and spread the message of dissent.