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No Army Deployment in Mumbai & Pune; Maharashtra MHA warns Rumour Mongers to Restrain from Spreading Rumours

The Minister, in his following tweet, asserted his confidence on Maharashtra police in dealing with such rumour mongers in he state. "I am confident that the Maharashtra Police has the wherewithal to handle this situation more than adequately," read the tweet from the Maharashtra Home Minister.

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Maharashtra Minister of Home Affairs Anil Deshmukh
Maharashtra's Minister of Home Affairs, Anil Deshmukh

The Maharashtra’s Minister of Home Affairs, Anil Deshmukh, came down heavily, on Wednesday, May 27, on the rumour mongers who are, allegedly, spreading rumours of deployment of army in the hotspots like Mumbai and Pune. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader reprimanded those who are spreading rumours without authenticating the news. Deshmukh warned such rumor mongers of strict action from the state’s cybercrime department.

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“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” tweeted Deshmukh after rumours started floating on WhatsApp and social media of deployment of army in Mumbai and Pune.

The Minister, in his following tweet, asserted his confidence on Maharashtra police in dealing with such rumour mongers in the state. “I am confident that the Maharashtra Police has the wherewithal to handle this situation more than adequately,” read the tweet from Maharashtra’s Home Minister.

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Essentially, there are, allegedly, messages spreading on social media that Maharashtra government is planning to call army in Mumbai and Pune which have now become hotspots in the state. Looking at the content of the message and it’s propensity to result into panicked situation in the state, the state’s MHA decided to warn the rumour mongers on Twitter itself.

Mumbai, till Wednesday, May 27, has 31,972 total cases of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), while 1026 have lost their lives due to this deadly virus. The recovery is reported to be only 7083. Similarly, Pune, so far, has 5996 cases of COVID-19 while 274 patients have lost their lives which is second highest in the state after Mumbai. The Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Maharashtra assembly, Devendra Fadnavis, has already made some serious allegations on Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for failing to contain the spread of the deadly virus in the state.

The state’s MHA has tried to fix one of the critical issues of rumor mongering to prevent any panicked situation in the state. Hence, the state cabinet minister took to Twitter to warn the miscreants on spreading fake news.

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