Police denied reports of Arunachal woman’s arrest for spreading rumours related to COVID-19

Itanagar: The Papum Pare police in Arunachal Pradesh have denied reports of security personnel arresting a woman for spreading rumours about an Arunachal youth being infected with COVID-19, which of late has been doing the rounds on all social media platforms.

Speaking with EastMojo, Papum Pare superintendent of police (SP) Jimmy Cheram said that no arrests have so far been made in the case.

The SP, however, acknowledged that an FIR has been registered against the woman at the Doimukh Police Station following the complaint lodged by one of the family members of the student.

“The case has been registered and the accused has been identified. We may have to arrest the accused, but again, it depends, as it is not a heinous crime. We are looking into the matter,” the SP said.

Cheram said that the reports of the woman being arrested, which is currently being circulated on social media, is completely fake.

“Following the laid down protocols, we did not arrest the accused on Thursday as it was already dark,” the SP said.

According to Section 46(4) of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, which governs the arrest of women, “save in exceptional circumstances, no woman can be arrested after sunset and before sunrise.”

The development comes following the circulation of a voice clip in which one Teshi Nosu, the accused, can be heard claiming that a person infected by COVID-19 was hiding at Nyorch village in Doimukh.

The audio clip which made several rounds on social media, accordingly, created panic among the people of the state, especially those living in Papum Pare district and the capital complex.

Following this, a family member of the youth lodged a complaint against Nosu.

The complainant in her letter had mentioned that the victim was a student who had returned from his college in Uttar Pradesh because of the nationwide lockdown and he had passed all mandatory screening at airports and at various check gates of Assam and Arunachal during his journey back home.

As a precautionary measure, he was kept in isolation by the family members in their farmhouse for 14 days, the complaint read.

The complainant also alleged that some unknown youths from the nearby villages pelted stones at their farmhouse and threatened their brother on Wednesday morning after that the voice clip surfaced.

As per the complaint, Nosu, the accused, is an employee of the Papum Pare deputy commissioner’s office in Yupia.

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