The arrested chemistry teacher was creating panic and confusion among locals and netizens with his misleading Facebook posts about coronavirus, police sources say
Police arrested a man from Mirzarcourt area of Patgram, Lalmoirhat under the Digital Security Act reportedly for spreading wrong and misleading information about coronavirus .
The arrested, Shariful Islam, assistant teacher of Chemistry Department of Patgram Adarsha Degree College was creating panic and confusion among locals and netizens with his misleading Facebook posts about coronavirus, police sources say.
A case was filed on early hours of Wednesday by Patgram Police SI Ashraful Islam and Shariful was arrested later that night, confirmed OC Suman Kumar Mohonto of the police station.
“Shariful had been warned on multiple occasions to not to spread unnecessary rumours about the disease. He was using his designation to spread misinformation and mistrust among locals towards the authority," said the OC.
“He was challenging the government’s directives to curb coronavirus and inducing confusion among people, prescribing them not to oblige by the protocols, which could lead to greater harm, so we arrested him,” the OC further mentioned.
The teacher will be sent to jail after being presented before the court on Wednesday, police sources say.
On May 11, Shariful made a controversial statement on his Facebook account, denoting that the WHO protocol’s to curb the infection of Covid-19 -- such as social distancing and quarantine -- as wrong and an attack on Islam.