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The Meghalaya police on March 29 warned stringent action under the relevant provision of law against those spreading fake news in the social media.

The warning came after several messages in the social media doing the rounds of COVID -19 positive cases emerging in the state.

Assistant Inspector General of Police GK Iangrai informed that one of the rumours that are being circulated is of reports suggesting that the virus may have entered our state and it will start showing itself in this coming week.

Iangrai said that one of the fake news is of some patients in Nongpoh starting to exhibit Covid-19 symptoms.

“The other rumour is that an individual who stayed in Bangalore with one person who was tested positive for COVID-19 and that the person has returned to Tura but the whereabouts are not known and police are searching for the individual,” he said.

Iangrai said that both the messages are fake and requested the public to refrain from circulating or sharing the above messages.

The police officer also appealed to the public that if any information or message is being circulated through social media, to verify first with the official social media account of Meghalaya Police and to not share any rumours or fake news as it will create unnecessary disorder or panic in the state.

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