Necessary legal action has been initiated against all involved under relevant provisions of law Credit: Representational image

Kohima: In the fight against fake news, Nagaland Police traced the originators of viral fake information that created among the public. The Dimapur police traced 5 persons involved in spreading the fake news that said that 20 stranded people fled from the quarantine centre at Agri Expo Dimapur.

An update from the DIPR said that many people have forwarded the said fake news through various social media platform without verifying its authenticity. The said fake news was originated through text message by one Amy Merry, a 40-year-old, daughter of Thungbemo Merry of Okotso village and presently residing at Dimapur.

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During the course of investigation by police, it was learnt that she composed the text message and sent the same to her friends which eventually went viral. The lady was summoned to Diphupar Police station where she had admitted of her guilt.

Four other persons involved were also summoned to the Police station. They were identified as Iloto Achumi, 19-year-old, son of Ahoto Achumi; Rachel Swu, 41-year-old, daughter of Luhoi ; Manjeet Meitie, 40-year-old, son of Shitoljeet Meitie; Joel Merry daughter of Thungbemo Merry.

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“Necessary legal action has been initiated against all involved under relevant provisions of law”, it informed. Meanwhile, Dimapur Police has appealed to all individuals to avoid using any form of media for disseminating information pertaining to COVID-19, without ascertaining the facts.

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