BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: As the number of coronavirus cases in the country climb to 151, there are lots of myths and rumours going around on the social media about COVID-19. Now, the Kolkata Police have found out that most of these messages, which are being circulated on social media and WhatsApp are fake and are creating panic among the general public.
So, Commissioner of Police (CP), Kolkata, Anuj Sharma took to social media to alert the citizens of West Bengal and not pay heed to any such fake messages. He also said that Kolkata Police is keeping a close watch on all such messages and those spreading fake messages will be brought to book. Sharma even tweeted on the official page asking everyone to be alert and notify any such activity to the nearest police stations. The local police stations along with the cyber crime cell will also be on the look out for such people sharing misinformation on the social media platforms.
গুজবে কান দেবেন না। সত্যতা যাচাই করার আগে কোনও কিছু বিশ্বাস করবেন না। করোনাভাইরাসের সংক্রমণ প্রতিরোধে যাবতীয় সতর্কতামূলক ব্যবস্থা নিন। নিরাপদ থাকুন, সুস্থ থাকুন। #COVID2019 @KolkataPolice @MamataOfficial #WeCareWeDare pic.twitter.com/MzUO1Gvm9R
— CP Kolkata Anuj (@CPKolkata) March 17, 2020
অনুরোধ, সত্যতা যাচাই না করে অযথা করোনা-সংক্রান্ত মেসেজ ফরোয়ার্ড করবেন না। সোশ্যাল মিডিয়ায় আমরা এ ধরনের পোস্টের উপর নজর রাখছি। যাঁরা মিথ্যে খবর/ গুজব ছড়াবেন, তাঁদের বিরুদ্ধে আইনানুগ ব্যবস্থা নেওয়া হবে। #WeCareWeDare @KolkataPolice @MamataOfficial pic.twitter.com/KgafuBLdYi
— CP Kolkata Anuj (@CPKolkata) March 18, 2020
Meanwhile, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also slammed those spreading misinformation and fake news on coronavirus. She said most stringent action will be taken against those found to be doing so and spreading panic.
Just a week ago, the Orissa Police had arrested an youth for sharing fake information regarding coronavirus and had charged him under legal provisions.
Moreover, sanitizers are being made available for all the outsiders who visit the police stations as well as Lalbazar . Thermal scans are also being done when someone is entering Lalbazar. Police have taken such measures to deal with COVID-19 since Tuesday morning. On Tuesday, a Kolkata youth has tested positive of coronavirus, thus becoming the first confirmed case of COVId-19 in the state.
কলকাতা পুলিশ দক্ষিণ পূর্ব বিভাগের থানা গুলির উদ্যোগে CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) নিয়ে সচেতনতা প্রসার ও প্রচারপত্র বন্টন| pic.twitter.com/KflrX7Gdqc
— DC SED Kolkata Police (@KPSoutheastDiv) March 17, 2020
A senior police officer said, leaflets are also being distributed from each police station to alert the locals. In addition to this, all police officers have been asked by Lalbazar to monitor cleanliness and use masks to avoid infection. Steps have also been taken for those who are lodged at the lockups of the police stations and the ones at the central lock up in Lalbazar.
According to the police, there are still some foreigners in the city. The hotel or guest houses where they have put are being regularly monitored. An official of Lalbazar said, “All the police stations have been directed to inform the control room if they receive information that someone has the symptoms of coronavirus. We will inform the health department on receiving the same.”