Mumbai: Amid growing cases of coronovirus, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday dismissed reports about a proposal for deployment of the army for 10 days in Mumbai and Pune.
“A rumour is being spread on WhatsApp and other social media platforms that the Army will be deployed in Mumbai and Pune to implement 10 days lockdown. This is completely untrue,” tweeted Deshmukh.
“Maharashtra Cyber has initiated action against those spreading this rumour. Do not forward such messages,” he further wrote.
Malicious rumours are being spread on Whatsapp & other social media platforms about army deployment in Mumbai & Pune to enforce a 10-day curfew. These are baseless, false rumours & @MahaCyber1 has already begun action against those who began this rumour.#ZeroToleranceOfRumours
— ANIL DESHMUKH (@AnilDeshmukhNCP) May 27, 2020
The fake message reads: “There will be a military implement in Mumbai and Pune for 10 days starting on Saturday. So please stock everything groceries, vegetables. The city is going to hand over the army. Maybe That Uddhav Thackeray has only controlled. Milk and medicines will be available. Please inform your Mumbai friends. The Maharashtra government meeting is going on and a total Mumbai bandh is expected to be announced at this time.”
Responding to the fake message, the Mumbai Police urged the Mumbaikars not to fall prey to it. “If it reaches you, break the chain and do not forward. All essential supplies will be available and movement permitted only as per lockdown guidelines,” Mumbai Police tweeted.
The attached message is fake but being widely circulated. If it reaches you, break the chain & do not forward. All essential supplies will be available & movement permitted only as per lockdown guidelines. #FakeMessageAlert pic.twitter.com/K5BLN7UN6h
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) May 26, 2020
Maharashtra, which is the worst-hit COVID-19 State in the country, is currently under lockdown, which will continue till May 31.