Police in Arnala, Palghar, have registered a case against two people who allegedly posted a video on YouTube claiming they had a cure for Covid-19.
The police filed the case on Monday against Virar resident PB Raut and Vasai resident S Dixit, under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code; and Section 51 (b) (punishment for obstruction) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
According to the police, the state administration has issued orders to take strict action against those who spread misinformation and rumours related to Covid-19 on social media platforms.
“We came across a video on You-Tube in which Raut, who is a local businessman, claimed to have a medicinal cure for Coronavirus. The said video was shot by Dixit last month. The claims were made with the intention to mislead people and hence an offence has been registered against the duo,” said a police officer.
Superintendent of Police, Maharashtra Cyber, Balsing Rajput, said since March 24, when the nationwide lockdown began, police in Maharashtra had filed 227 cases relating to rumours and hate speech on social media. “Out of that 219 are cognisable cases and eight are non-cognisable. In total 46 accused have been arrested and 170 have been identified.
All concerned police units are taking swift action against fake news and rumours,” he said.