Facebook user held for posting fake report about Budgam girl

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BUDGAM — Police have arrested a youth and registered a formal case against him for maligning the image of a girl and declaring her as COVID-19 positive on Facebook in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

A 21-year-old girl from Sonpah area of Beerwah Budgam had arrived her home from Chandigarh. After developing fever, she visited a Sub-District Hospital where her samples were taken which turned out negative.

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A day after the test of the girl was found negative, fake report on Facebook was circulated about this girl terming her COVID-19 positive. The girl faced severe mental trauma and her family approached Police Station Beerwah.

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A police official said that after verification, it came to fore that a youth identified as Khalid Latif spread this rumour on Facebook.

“An FIR vide number 82/2020 under Section 505-B, 188 has been registered in this regard and the accused is lodged in lock-up,” he said and appealed people to stop circulating fake reports on social media.

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