A case has been filed against a Manipur based entrepreneur in Imphal under the Disaster Management Act after an audio clip came in light of him urging people not to follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s lights-out call on Sunday last when it went viral on social media.
Manipur is ruled by a BJP-led coalition.
The police in its statement said, Yumnan Devjit, 32, has urged people not to be part of the Prime Minister’s appeal on grounds it would lead to a power grid collapse.
Elevating fears of the populace Devijit fears of India experiencing a nuclear collapse.
Devjit in his clip also mentions How the power outage caused by Modi’s lights-out appeal can potentially damage electrical appliances, transformers, power sub-station, and other installations, police alleged.
For his statements, Devijit has been booked under relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
“His action constituted a refusal to comply with direction given by or on behalf of the Central Government, as well as circulating a false alarm or warning as to disaster or its severity or magnitude, leading to panic,” police officials said.
Devjit is yet to be arrested, they said.
Modi had urged the people to switch off house lights on Sunday last and light up lamps, candles or mobile phone torches for nine minutes at 9 pm to display the country’s ‘collective resolve’ to defeat coronavirus.