The Ludhiana rural police have booked two scribes who spread fake news and caused panic in the village of Lamme in Jagraon tehsil. Hathur station house officer (SHO) Harjinder Singh said the defendant published an article in Hindi daily on Sunday saying a resident of Lamme died of a coronavirus.
The name of the two scribes is Davinder Jain and Sanjeev Kumar, according to HT report.
As per Harjinder Singh, SHO, the accused published an article in Hindi daily mentioning that a man died in Lamme due COVID-19.
He added that this caused panic among the villagers and prompted a team from the health department to rush to the scene.
A first information report (FIR) under Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 54 of the Disaster Management Act has been registered against the scribes at the Hathur police station.
SHO said doctors later discovered that the man died of a heart attack, not a coronavirus. He added that his family had also tested negative for Covid-19 virus.