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New Delhi: The Union Government on Thursday said that a video clip, purportedly showing some uniformed personnel herding four naked men in Kashmir, had not been "authenticated" and agencies had been asked to investigate the
PTI September 09, 2010 17:34 IST
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New Delhi: The Union Government on Thursday said that a video clip, purportedly showing some uniformed personnel herding four naked men in Kashmir, had not been "authenticated" and agencies had been asked to investigate the matter.

"No one has been able to authenticate the video so far," Home Minister P Chidambaram said in New Delhi while replying to a question on the three-minute video clip uploaded on prominent social networking sites YouTube and Facebook.Chidambaram said that he had asked security agencies to find out whether anybody featuring in the video had spoken out.

"Until it is authenticated and the persons identified, I think it would be unsafe to rely on such video," he said.Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Police said they would register a case against the two social networking sites for uploading the video purportedly showing four youths being paraded naked by some uniformed personnel in Sopore area of Kashmir.

"A formal case is being registered against the YouTube and Facebook networks and investigation is on to locate the persons responsible for uploading this baseless and malicious clip," a police spokesman said.

He said police have taken cognizance of the video clip and initial investigations have shown that these reports have not been verified as yet and therefore "to attribute it to security forces with the intention of maligning them and spreading disaffection among the people is highly regrettable"."Action shall also be taken against other organisations who tried to propagate it," he added.

The video, which appeared on YouTube first and then on Facebook, purportedly showed Kashmiri youths being stripped and paraded naked through an agricultural field in Sopore, 55 kms from Srinagar.PTI