Tinsukia: Dibrugarh Police arrested a man from Nagaon for allegedly posting fake news on Facebook about the death of a girl during police firing on Citizenship (Amendment) Act protesters at Bokul in Assam’s Dibrugarh district on December 11.
The accused has been identified as Parash Moni Das from Raha in Nagaon district.
Speaking with EastMojo, Dibrugarh SP Sreejith T said, “On December 11, an unlawful assembly gathered in Bokel Tiniali and necessary action was taken by our policemen on duty for dispersal of the gathering. During the dispersal of the crowd, a girl student of Lahowal Polytechnique suffered a minor injury.”
“Unfortunately, some ill-meaning people thought of misusing this incident to further stoke hatred among the people,” said Sreejith T, adding that a person, identified as Parash Moni Das, posted on Facebook that the girl was the first martyr of the new Assam Agitation. “This ‘fake news’ further fueled the already protesting crowds in various parts of Assam. The result of this was the absolute destruction of public property and rash vandalism witnessed in Chabua and other parts of the district,” he said.
“The police has registered a case at Lahowal police station (Case No. 296/19) under section 120B/153A r/w Sec 67 of the IT Act,” said Sreejith T, adding: “The accused was arrested from Nagaon on Sunday and necessary legal action has been initiated.”
Appealing to all citizens, Sreejith T urged everyone to be very careful while using social media. “This incident is a live example of how a misinformation or fake news can lead to loss of lives and property,” added the SP.