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Jharkhand Police Book 118 For Spreading Rumours, Arrest 60 Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Jharkhand Police has booked over 118 people for allegedly spreading rumours and hatred on social media amid the ongoing nationwide lockdown, DGP MV Rao said

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Amid the nationwide lockdown, the Jharkhand Police has booked over 118 people for allegedly spreading rumours and hatred on social media amid the ongoing nationwide lockdown, DGP MV Rao said on Tuesday. Taking to the microblogging site, Rao stated that of the 118, 60 people have been sent to jail.

These cases include those lodged against people spreading misinformation and communal posts regarding the March congregation of the Tablighi Jamat in New Delhi’s Nizamuddin.

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District-wise, the maximum number of cases were registered in Garhwa district where 19 people were arrested for spreading rumours over social media. A total of 11 people were arrested in Palamu and nine people each were arrested in Ranchi and Deoghar.

According to reports, the Police have booked 118 people under The Information Technology Act, 2000 and under IPC sections188, 295(A)(acts intended to outrage religious feelings), 120B (criminal conspiracy), among others.

In addition, the police have also registered 665 cases against 3,049 people and arrested 1,242 people for alleged lockdown violations. The highest number of violations were reported from Jamshedpur. A total of 687 people have been booked of whom, 579 have been arrested, reports stated. 

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Jharkhand extends lockdown

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of lockdown till May 3, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday said that lockdown rules should be strictly followed in order to combat COVID-19. The 21-day lockdown, which was announced by the Prime Minister on March 24 was slated to end today. The extension of lockdown comes as India's total number of coronavirus cases has climbed to 10,363 with 339 deaths being reported.

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Taking to Twitter, Soren stated that everyone will have to follow the lockdown strictly, and added that the government of Jharkhand is working to strengthen social security in the state and provide aid through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).

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