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Three held over hate campaign against Kashmir band

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Police in Indian-administered Kashmir arrested three suspects Thursday for posting abusive comments and threats during an online hate campaign against an all-girl rock band.

"We tracked them down through Internet Protocol addresses and there are many more out there we are looking for," Afadul Mujtaba, deputy inspector general of police told AFP.

They have been booked under the Information Technology Act and a provision of the state's own law for criminal intimidation.

The three-member band Pragaash (First light) was forced to split up Monday following a string of abusive and threatening posts on social media and a fatwa by the region's most senior cleric calling the girls' singing "unIslamic".

Pragaash, which consists of three high school students who are all aged around 16, came to prominence in December by winning a "Battle of the Bands" contest in Srinagar, the main city of the disputed region.

Despite the threats, the band also won widespread support and police say only around a dozen of the 1,000 comments posted online were found to be abusive.

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