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Fake Covid restrictions go viral, create panic among people | Surat News

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Surat: Cyber Crime police booked some unidentified person on Tuesday for creating a fake circular related to Covid-19 restrictions and making it viral on social media. The circular created panic among citizens who bombarded the police with inquiries about the circular.
The fake circular has been issued in the name of Dr P S Patel, special commissioner of police. City police clarified that there is no special commissioner in city police with the name of P S Patel. Top city police officials also ordered an investigation into the matter but cops are yet to find any clue about how the letter came into circulation.
The fake circular claims that shopping malls, multiplexes, theatres, gymnasiums and swimming pools are ordered to remain closed for indefinite period in Rander, Athwa, Limbayat, Varachha and Katargam area. Also that no religious or political function will also be allowed.
At the end, the circular also claims at any point a complete lockdown can be declared in the city considering the current situation. ‘Lockdown Part – 2’ and ‘Trailer Started Today’ have been highlighted in bold letters at the bottom of the circular.
“The circular came to the knowledge of the police on Tuesday and it is fake. There is no such officer and city police have not issued any orders related to Covid-19 restrictions as claimed in the circular,” said a police official.
“Police are working to identify the source of the circular. The accused will be nabbed soon,” said police, adding that that accused has been booked for creating panic and also for making forged documents under various sections of Indian Penal Code, IT Act and Disaster Management Act.

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