The Meghalaya government has filed the first information report (FIR) against person(s) for propagating fake news through WhatsApp on Sunday that Shillong Agglomeration will be under complete lockdown for two days.

A government communiqué issued on Monday said that the FIR was filed with an Officer In-charge, Cyber Crime Police Station, Shillong for taking necessary action as per relevant provisions of law against person(s) for propagating fake news through WhatsApp on Sunday.

The news circulated on WhatsApp stated that “Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma has announced a complete lockdown on Monday and Tuesday in Shillong agglomeration. Lockdown will be used to trace contacts of the cases reported in Shillong. Citizens urged to cooperate fully”.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Director (News) Doordarshan Kendra, Shillong also informed that an FIR has been filed with the Station Head Officer, Madanrting Police Station, Shillong against people who circulated fake news on social media using the logo of DD News Shillong on Sunday.

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