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Nation Crime 09 Apr 2020 Mysore police files ...

Mysore police files FIR over fake news on coronavirus

Published Apr 9, 2020, 11:23 am IST
Updated Apr 9, 2020, 11:23 am IST
Fake messages were spread that a local businessman had tested positive for corona after he visited Delhi’s Tablighi Jamaat congregation
Indian fire personnel spray disinfectant on a road during lockdown to prevent the spread of new coronavirus. (AP)
 Indian fire personnel spray disinfectant on a road during lockdown to prevent the spread of new coronavirus. (AP)

Mysuru: Kuvempunagar police in Mysuru have registered a case on fake news perpetrators on social media, who spread word that the owner of Loyal World supermarket at Kuvempunagar had visited the infamous Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi and that he tested positive for coronavirus two days ago.

According to police, the fake news along with a photo of Muhammed, the owner of Loyal World chain of supermarkets in Mysuru went viral on social media and Whatsapp. This message was even sent to Mohammed himself.


Following this, Mohammed lodged a complaint at Kuvempunagar police station, clarifying that the message was fake.

He had not been to the Tablighi Jamaat convention in Delhi and none of his group members had been there. None of his staff including him have been tested positive for Covid-19.

Mohammed alleges that the fake message has created fear among his staff, and even customers from buying essential commodities from his store.

He urged the police to initiate legal action against those who created and circulated the fake news and made it viral on social media, police said.

Kuvempunagar police have registered a case and are investigating. They are yet to trace the person who created this message.

Location: India, Karnataka, Mysore