Rumour mongers warned of legal action

E/Siang SP urges people to refrain from circulating fake messages

PASIGHAT, Jun 16: The Sinung Olung Erang Kebang (SOEK) here has warned of legal action against rumour mongers who it said are spreading hatred against a family member of a person who tested Covid-19 positive.
SOEK president Tonggeng Panyang in a written statement said that “some unscrupulous people are circulating false and fabricated rumours against a community member on social media to malign his image.”
The SOEK said that the community member was helping his wife in performing Covid-19 duty as a nurse by ferrying her to and from Gumin Nagar to her workplace, using a personal vehicle, as the authority had not arranged a vehicle for her.
“Unfortunately, the nurse got infected with the coronavirus and was admitted to the Covid care centre in Pasighat on 12 June. Her husband, who tested negative, met his wife at the quarantine centre before she was shifted to the Covid hospital.
“The rumour mongers circulated false messages, stating that the husband was absconding after the virus test,” it said.
Meanwhile, the husband of the nurse has filed a complaint at the police station here, seeking legal action against the rumour mongers.
The SOEK said it will “go to the traditional council against the rumour mongers.”
Reacting to the rumour circulated on social media about the husband of the nurse going missing, the East Siang SP confirmed that the message was fake, and requested the people not to believe it.
He urged the people to refrain from circulating such fake messages, and added that legal action would be taken against offenders. (DIPRO)