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Delhi violence: 40 held for spreading fake news

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New Delhi, March 2, 2020-

At least 40 people have been arrested for spreading fake news and information on the violent clashes that rocked northeast Delhi last week. The violence that began between pro and anti-CAA groups soon metamorphosed into widespread clashes that went on to claim over 40 lives and left over 200 injured.

The situation that is crawling towards normalcy once gain became tense on Sunday night as false news and information on violence and arson did the rounds. The Delhi Police Control Room had received 1,880 notifications within just 2-3 hours on Sunday night.

After investigation, each and every information was found to be false and misleading. The fake notifications on violence were received mainly from different Delhi districts.

The highest number of rumours — 481, was reported to the Western District Police Control Room. Southeastern, Dwarka, Outer and Rohini districts were ranked second, third, fourth and fifth respectively in getting the false news of the violence.

A total of 21 people were arrested in northwest Delhi district on charges of spreading false information about riots. Besides, 18 people were arrested on similar charges in the southern district and one person was held in Rohini district.

Additional Police Commissioner of Rohini District S.D. Mishra told IANS on Monday: “One man was arrested while two were detained. They were freed after questioning. One of them told police during questioning that he described the sound of a motorcycle exhaust as firing of bullets while informing the police. Another told police that many children were trapped in the Hyderpur area.”

According to Delhi Police Headquarters, the largest number of rumours of rioting in Delhi was reported from the Western District (481). The second largest was South-Western district (413 notifications). While Dwarka District (310), Outer Delhi District (222), Rohini District (168), Southern District (127), North-Western District (54), Central District (35), South-West District (30), Outer North District (22), Eastern District (6), Northern District (6), Shahdara District (4) and North-Eastern District (2) were the others.

Data collected by IANS from Delhi Police headquarters shows that no false or misleading call was made from New Delhi district.

Shahdara district DCP Amit Sharma sustained severe head injuries when the violence was at its peak in northeast Delhi. Sharma’s government vehicle was also set afire by the miscreants.

Besides, a Head Constable was allegedly killed in the Dayalpur police station area by the miscreants on last Monday noon.  (Agency)

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