2 held for circulating audio clip on BMC’s COVID-19 mismanagement

Bhubaneswar: Commissionerate Police today arrested two persons after an audio clip of the conversation between two persons was circulated  and telecasted in a private regional news channel accusing Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) of COVID-19 mismanagement.

The two arrested are as Biswajit Mohanty (47) and Laxmikanta Behera (46), both residents of Mancheswar area here. 

“Prima facie, the investigation suggests that the audio recording has been prepared, circulated, edited, uploaded and propagated, with mala fide and mischievous intention as the clip contains misleading and false information about COVID pandemic,” said a statement issued by Bhubaneswar Additional DCP. 

“The mischievous conversation is trying to make others believe that there is false corona positive reports and persons are being shifted to hospital based on the false  reports. It also claims that a target has been set to fetch patients to COVID hospitals. This goes against the guidelines related to the management of the present disaster and violates many legal provisions, thus attracting criminal action,” the statement added. 

Further investigation is underway and some other persons have been summoned in this direction, said a senior police official.

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