Man arrested in Odisha for fake news on Coronavirus


Bhubaneswar: A 32-year-old man in Odisha has been arrested on charges of spreading fake news on social media about Coronavirus, said police on Saturday.

Rayagada police arrested one Satyanarayan Samal for spreading false information on Coronavirus.

One Satyanarayan Samal posted this message – “One person came to Rayagada with Covid-19 infection from Kerala and admitted to the DHQ hospital” on social media platform Facebook.

 The news was found to be false.

Rayagada SP Saravana Vivek M said that this was actually false news and a punishable offence under the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 which has been invoked by the State government.

He said the man was arrested after a case was registered at Muniguda police station under IPC Section 153 (A), 504, 505.