A fake news in the name of a non-existent ministry has been spread through the social media across Assam.
The fake news is being shared through social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp.
Informing about the fake news through its Twitter handle, the Assam Police said:
“There is a Fake WhatsApp Janasanyog Government Notification being circulated in the name of a nonexistent Minister of Communication & Digital Economy stating that from 4.4.20 all Phone Calls will be recorded, all Social Media monitored and Android phones connected to the Ministry.”
Urging the people not to believe in such fake news and not to forward it, the Assam Police said: “Do not believe this message. It is fake. Do not forward or circulate it either.”
— Assam Police (@assampolice) April 3, 2020
It may be mentioned that in Assam, there is no ministry like ‘Janasanyog and Digital Economy Ministry’ as mentioned in the ‘fake news’.
According to the fake news, the ministry through an order announced to impose some rules with effect from April 4, 2020.
It said the new rules of the Janasanyog are: 1) Phone calls may be recorded,
2) Each of the phone calls may be recorded, 3) The WhatsApp may be monitored, 4) All Twitters may be monitored, 5) Facebook accounts may be monitored, 6) All social media and forums may be monitored, 7) Your Android mobile phone may be directly connected to the system of the minister, 8) Who are unaware, let them know, 9) Beware, don’t post unnecessary messages, make all know, 10) Don’t share or post any audio or photo regarding the politics, religious principles and government, 11) Let your family, friend and children know about it, 12) The police may file case against you for such reasons.
It was also asked to share the message among the friends and the family members.
When contacted, the director of the Information & Public Relations, Assam, Anupam Choudhury told Northeast Now that the news is ‘completely fake’.
“It is seriously a condemnable act. Action will be initiated in this regard,” said Choudhury.
He also said the high-level police officials have been informed about the fake news.
According to sources, the Assam Police have already registered a case and started investigation.
The Assam Police have requested the people not to share the news.
Meanwhile, amid lockdown, the Assam Police have arrested several persons for spreading fake news on COVID19.
The Assam Police have so far lodged 7 cases and arrested four persons.
The Assam Police urged the people to refrain from spreading, forwarding or promoting false news.
Northeast Now recently launched a campaign against fake news jointly with The Assam Tribune and Dr Anamika Ray Memorial Trust.