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After Pulwama, CRPF Pushes for Peace Online Even as Trolls Fuel Hatred on Social Media

The CRPF Madadgaar, an online 24/7 helpline, has also been indefatigable in its attempt to maintain the calm and ensure a sense of security to all of those who are fearing a misdirected backlash following the terrorist bombing.

Shantanu David | News18.com

Updated:February 17, 2019, 8:21 PM IST
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After Pulwama, CRPF Pushes for Peace Online Even as Trolls Fuel Hatred on Social Media
Madadgaar helpline has received 1.33 lakh calls since it was started in July last year. (Photo: News18)

Despite having suffered a devastating suicide bomber attack in Kashmir, which killed and injured scores of their personnel, just days ago, the Central Reserve Police Force has soldiered on with the kind of grace and courage that one always hopes to associate with India's armed forces.

From immediately swinging into search and rescue operations, whch includes the painful task of identifying remains of their martyred comrades, to securing the blast area and expediting investigations by various security agencies, to doing their best to maintain calm in a highly tense situation, CRPF forces haven't allowed the terrorist attack to cause a break in their stride.

And even as right-wing and radical nationalist elements attempt to give the ongoing narrative a communal spin, the brave men and women of the CRPF is having none of it.

The force's social media arm has been especially active in quelling the communal anti-Muslim and anti-Kashmir sentiments and fake news being pushed online by various fringe elements, whether individual or organized. The CRPF's official Twitter handle has been continuously posting helpline numbers for Kashmiris, facing harassment and difficulties following the attack, to request assistance; the handle has also been alerting the online public of various fake news and morphed images being circulated to incite communal violence.

The CRPF Madadgaar, an online 24/7 helpline, has also been indefatigable in its attempt to maintain the calm and ensure a sense of security to all of those who are fearing a misdirected backlash following the terrorist bombing.

The CRPF, which is deployed for security duties in Jammu and Kashmir, had launched the 247 helpline Madadgaar (14411) in June 2017 to help any Valley resident who is in distress.

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