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Posted at: Aug 19, 2019, 11:11 AM; last updated: Aug 19, 2019, 8:16 PM (IST)

Police arrest 40-year-old after rumours lead to panic in Jammu region

Police arrest 40-year-old after rumours lead to panic in Jammu region
Security personnel stand guard at a check point in Srinagar. PTI

Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, August 19
Jammu Police arrested a 40-year-old man for spreading rumours that caused panic in Jammu region.

In a press conference they addressed, police identified the suspect as Yashbir Singh from Khour’s Dhanpur.

Senior Superintend of Police Tejinder Singh, who addressed a press conference, said police used “reverse analysis” to trace the source of the rumour.  

Police said the suspect was a drug user with criminal cases under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, as well eve-teasing.

Rumours of possible deterioration of law and order led to people queuing up to buy essentials.  

Meanwhile, J&K Home Secretary Shaleen Kabra on Monday morning categorically denied rumours that weapons of special police officers of J&K police were being seized. 

Kabra called the rumours “fake news” that was being “spread by vested interests.”
 
“Public at large is further advised not to believe in such rumours/ baseless news and not to further spread such news without verifying from authentic sources,” he said.
 

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