Six arrested for spreading fake news in Assam

Six arrested for spreading fake news in Assam

DIBRUGARH, June 11 -Police in Assam have taken a pro-active role in tracking down dangerous rumour-mongers. 

The district police arrested six persons in connection with generating and circulating fake news and posting objectionable comments in various networks of the social media recently.

Subhankar Chakravorty, a resident of Shantipara and reportedly a student of Dibru College was arrested from his home last night for posting an appeal for 12-hour Assam bandh in the name of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) to protest the recent killing of two youths in Karbi Anglong. Subhankar claimed that a girl was also involved in generating the fake appeal.
On the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday, police arrested one Simanta Terang, a Civil Engineering student of Lahoal Polytechnic from Bokel area for posting a highly offensive message in the wake of the lynching incident in Karbi Anglong. His comment in the social media had fuelled tension.

Similarly, Vivek Sharma of Jhalukpara was arrested for creating a false Nipah virus scare in the media by citing name of a well known doctor of the city.

Subhajit Das and Sameer Acharya of Shantipara and Annanya Dutta of Khalihamari were arrested for tarnishing the image of a private nursing home by circulating false news about it in the media.

Superintendent of Police Gautam Bora while addressing newsmen today said that some anti-social elements were seeking to create law and order problem by circulating fake news, rumours and hate messages vide Facebook and WhatsApp.

“Police is keeping an eye on activities in the social media. Anyone spreading fake information, hate messages or rumours, which could create communal tension or any other law and order problem, will not be spared. It is my humble appeal that anything which could flare up passion and incite violence must not be shared, circulated or posted,” said Bora.

While stating that police had arrested only a few, he added that they were on the lookout for a few more offenders.

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