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11 held for spreading fake news

AIZAWL, March 11 – Eleven youths have been arrested here for spreading fake news about coronavirus on the social media. Police sources said a few youths, who had originally posted the fake news about a woman in Aizawl being infected by COVID-19, and others who forwarded the posts were arrested on Tuesday.

Police said two fake news items about COVID-19 were posted on WhatsApp on Monday. While the first one said one confirmed case in Mizoram was detected in Aizawl on Monday, the second one said that a woman from the ITI locality in Aizawl who had returned from Singapore, had contracted COVID-19 and had been moved to an isolation ward at the Zoram Medical College.

The arrested persons were booked under Section 505 (1)(b) of the IPC at the Vaivakawn PS.

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