Noose tightened around FB abusers of Kashmiri all-girls band

Srinagar: Police have started tightening the noose around the online abusers, whose hate messages on social networking website Facebook, followed by a controversial decree by Kashmir's grandmufti forced the all-girls rock band 'Pragaash' to pack its bags.

They have started tracking down the IP addresses of the 26 users whose comments, out of the total 900 posts on the band's page, were found abusive, officials said today.

They said the delay of three days in lodging the FIR was due to large number of posts on the Facebook page of 'Pragaash', that took time to get scanned.

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

A member of the band had yesterday said they decided to call it quits as they respected the decree of Kashmir's grand mufti who found singing un-Islamic.

"We respect the Mufti sahib who said it (singing) is 'Haram'. We respect the opinion of people of Kashmir also. That is why we quit," she said, adding that the band was not disbanded because of online threats.