Govt to block WhatsApp calling services in tensed Kashmir areas

New Delhi: After the recent arrest of Jaish militants, the issue of WhatsApp calling came into discussion. According to the officials, the government will examine the feasibility of blocking WhatsApp calling services in insurgency-hit areas such as Jammu and Kashmir.

The issue was flagged during a meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba where the recent arrests in connection the terror attack at Nagrota Army camp in 2016 was highlighted. Seven Army men were killed in the terror attack.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) recently took custody of the three people, arrested by the state police for their alleged involvement in helping the terrorists which included ferrying them from the border and guiding them to the Army camp.

The arrested militants of Jaish-e-Mohammed told the Jammu and Kashmir Police that they were taking directions from across the border through WhatsApp call, they said.

With agencies inputs