A jilted lover in Kashmir exploited the situation in the trouble-torn region to settle scores with his girlfriend by labelling her as an informer of the security forces.  Apprehending that she was dating someone else, the man morphed his girlfriend’s pictures and posted them on the social media sites. Though the man was later caught by the Police, his act jeopardised the girl’s life.

Police Station Baramulla had received a written complaint from a girl on February 7 that “one of her friends with whom she had shared her pictures has misused them and circulated them on social media after they fell apart on some issue.”

“She also alleged that some of the pictures have been photoshopped and morphed to put her life in danger by falsely portraying her as an informer of the security forces,” a police handout said.

Based on her complaint, a case vide FIR number 13/2017 under sections of 354-D, 506 RPC was registered and was investigated. “During the course of the investigation, it surfaced that one Abrar Ahmad Mantoo, son of Raqeeb Ahmad Mantoo, resident of Hatmura Mattan, Anantnag, had uploaded these photographs on Facebook which were subsequently shared by some people on Facebook and Whatsapp. The accused has been arrested and the people involved in circulating these photographs on social media have also been identified and will be dealt as per law,” a police handout said.

While the girl has clearly told the Police that she was not in a relationship with Abrar, the accused is understood to have told the investigators that she was his girlfriend but is now dating someone else.

A  Sub-Inspector of Police in charge of the case told InUth that prima facie suggests that it is a “triangular love story” and that things would be clear only when investigations are completed.

The district police chief Imtiyaz Hussain, however, declined to divulge any details. “What all we had to say has already been conveyed in the police handout. Rest I cannot say anything because it can hamper investigations of this sensitive case,” the official said.