By YS.Rana :
Chandigarh,April 4,2020: Haryana Police has registered a total of 38 FIRs against36 accused persons for allegedly spreading fake news or rumors about COVID-19 on Whatsapp and other social media platforms across the State.
Giving this information here today, Additional Director
General of Police (Law and Order), Navdeep Singh Virk said that
Home Minister, Anil Vij had instructed the Police Department to
initiate stern action against those circulating fake, misleading and
unverified information about COVID-19 on social media so that
potential confusion and panic among the general public could be
prevented. All such rumour-mongers have been booked under different
sections of IPC and IT Act, he added.
He further advised the general public neither to post
unverified information on their social media accounts nor forward it
to others on messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger etc, as
they would could land in trouble.
In order to enforce the strict lockdown, he said that Police
has also registered 1141 FIRs booking close to 1655 persons for
violating the government order. Since the lockdown is in order, we
have also seized 5750 vehicles and imposed a fine of Rs7.11 crore upon
the violators under the Motor Vehicle Act.
Virk said that all ranks of Haryana Police are actively
engaged in educating and encouraging the people to stay indoors during
the lockdown period to control the spread of COVID-19. During this
period, Police remains committed to address the lockdown challenges
and making all out efforts to ensure that no one will be left deprived
of food and other basics.