Angul: Despite the state Government’s strict warnings against rumour-mongering, a 30-year-old youth was arrested by Talcher police in Anul district today for sharing false information about COVID-19 lockdown on social media.
The youth identified as Abhinash Samantray (30) of Hakimpada had shared an old photo of Maa Hingula Jatra claiming that people in large numbers had gathered to witness the annual religious festival violating the lockdown norms.
Acting on a complaint lodged by the Maa Hingula temple trust, police verified the photo and later found it to be and old one from last year. The cops later arrested the accused.
Meanwhile, the district administration has ordered devotees not to visit the temple to adhere to the lockdown norms and offer prayer to the goddess from their respective homes instead.