Srinagar: To disrupt security forces operations at encounter sites, nearly 300 WhatsApp group were being used to mobilise stone-pelters in Kashmir, sources said.
As per sources, each of these 300 WhatsApp groups had around 250 members. In the last three weeks, more than 90 per cent of these WhatsApp groups have been shut down.
The groups and group administrators were identified, who were called by police for counselling, sources said.
Stone-pelting on security forces near the encounter sites has been causing major operational problems for the law enforcing agencies over the past one year. More than half a dozen youth have been killed in such incidents in the first quarter of this year.