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Expressing its solidarity with frontline COVID-19 warriors active to contain the pandemic in Patiala, Patiala police have registered an FIR against a social media rumour monger for spreading fake information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Divulging the details, SSP Patiala Mandeep Singh Sidhu said as per information received from the office of the Civil Surgeon, some persons were spreading fake information related to COVID-19 near Topkhana containment zone on social media platforms.

A case had been registered under Section 188, 186 of the IPC and Section 51 and 54 of the Disaster Management Act at Kotwali police station on Wednesday night.

The SSP said from a Facebook address by the name of “Ronak Estates”, some unknown persons were provoking people against the health officials and the administration. As a result, hindrance was being caused in the working of the medical staff, who had been deployed at the containment zone.

Reiterating the district police’s commitment, the SSP said all frontline warriors were working day and night to ensure the safety of people. The rumours and fake information not only cause hindrance in their work but also lower their morale.

Patiala police is fully committed to take stringent legal action against these rumour mongers, SSP Sidhu said. He further appealed to all residents to work as a team and refrain from sharing unauthentic and fake information at any platform.