Imphal: Manipur police on Friday ordered the suspension of a policeman over spreading false information regarding the coronavirus pandemic in the state and thereby causing panic among the public.
According to an official statement, the policeman, identified as Aheibam Ranjan Singh of Imphal West district, was suspended for his grave misconduct after he was found allegedly involved in spreading false information on coronavirus being confirmed in the state by using police vehicle and microphone.
In a video which went viral on social media, Aheibam is heard announcing to the public not to venture outside and remain indoors as COVID-19 case has been confirmed in the state.
A departmental proceeding is being contemplated against CD/No 10D0082 Aheibam Ranjan Singh of Imphal West district for his grave misconduct, said a suspension order signed by Imphal West district SP K Meghachandra Singh.
During the period of his suspension, Aheibam has been asked not to leave his headquarters without prior permission from the police authority.
He will get subsistence allowance as admissible under rules during the period under which he is placed under suspension, it said.
As on Saturday, Manipur has put as many as 412 persons under observation period; however, no case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the state.
A wave of inaccurate information on coronavirus pandemic worldwide, especially on social media platforms, is causing panic among citizens.
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