Rumour-mongering a challenge for police

Warn against circulation of videos on social platforms without checking its veracity

Rumour-mongering a challenge for police

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 30

At a time when the country is facing a grave crisis in view of Corona pandemic, cops on duty are trying to control the law and order situation and urging people from taking precautions while purchasing household goods. Not only this, they are facing another daunting challenge of rumour-mongering and circulation of fake information on social-media platforms.

The police have warned against circulation of videos on social platforms without checking its veracity. On Sunday, a video went viral on social media in which several youngsters were accusing cops of thrashing them and a youth was seen injured. The video was claimed to be of Amritsar.

The local police had to release a clarification in this connection that no such incident had occurred in the city. “It is categorically stated that this was some old video and it is not related to Amritsar or Amritsar police,” said a police spokesman in a message to the media.

The police officials said such nefarious rumour-mongering provoking public sentiment at this crucial time of national crisis is a blatant shameful act. More so in the light of the tireless efforts being made by the Punjab Police to leave no stone unturned in helping the citizens, said Police Commissioner Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill.

He said strict action under the provisions of law would be taken against those who seek to disturb the harmony and social fabric of society.

“Though a majority of people are doing their bit by helping others, there are some who are indulging in rumour-mongering that could create some law and order problems. We will not tolerate this and appropriate action will be taken against such elements,” the Police Commissioner said.

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