SP Hailakandi warns of strong action against those posting fake news

Superintendent of Police, Hailakandi, Pabindra Kumar Nath warned people against posting or sharing fake information on the COVID-19 pandemic, saying strong action would be taken against those found guilty.

The district police chief said that a fake post claiming seven women, including three children falling prey to coronavirus while shopping was doing the rounds on social media, and investigating agencies are on the job trying to track the source of this “misinformation”. “This is absolutely false and baseless. Please don’t play with fire. Our department is working round the clock to track those behind such objectionable posts. We will take stern action after tracking them down, ” Nath said. 

Nath also said the ones posting fake news on social media are fuelling fear and panic “at this hour of crisis”. “Please refrain from spreading rumours. Those found guilty will be penalised,” warned Nath. 

The district police has registered eight cases and arrested three persons for misuse of social media and spreading rumours.

Meanwhile, the police administration has warned that those jumping home or institutional quarantine would be dealt with severely under the various provisions of IPC. “Any member serving home or institutional quarantine steps out, he or she would be sternly dealt with and case under non bailable offence will be registered,” Superintendent of Police, Pabindra Kumar Nath warned, adding that the public should also cooperate with the administration in reporting such instances forthwith to help contain coronavirus. 

Nath said the police is taking action against the offenders for lockdown violation and arrested 254 persons and registered 51 cases. He further informed that 307 vehicles have been seized for lockdown violation. Rs 2.61 lakh has been realised as fine under the Motor Vehicle Act. 

The district police also realised Rs 41,000 from those not wearing face mask or cover. “Stringent actions to enforce 4.0 lockdown rules and regulations will continue with impunity,” added Nath.

The SP also informed that the inter district border with Karimganj and Cachar have been opened for movement of people subject to proper screening. “The interstate border with Mizoram has been partially opened for incoming people of Assam and for emergency services after thorough medical screening,” added Nath. 

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