ONE person arrested in Odisha for spreading false news about COVID-19, an IAS Officer booked for jumping quarantine in Kerala

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A   woman  in Odisha has been booked for spreading fake news about COVID-19 and action is being taken against a   young IAS officer in Kerala by police after he left the state violating instructions to remain under home quarantine following his recent return from honeymoon abroad .An FIR has been registered against Kollam sub-collector Anupam Mishra, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, based on a report from the Health department about the violation, Kollam Superintendent of Police T Narayanan told PTI. The Odisha government on Wednesday said that strict action will be taken against anyone for spreading fake news after a woman was arrested in Bhadrak for the same offence. State’s COVID-19 spokesperson Subroto Bagchi said that some rumours were being spread after detection of the fourth COVID-19 patient. Any rumour related to COVID-19 is being dealt with severely. This will not be tolerated and strong action will be taken against the rumour-mongers under the IT Act and the Epidemic Act. The Commissionerate of Police, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, has  registered a criminal case at Malgodown Police Station against a resident of Jobra in Cuttack for spreading fake news. People engaged in spreading fake news are anti- national, Bagchi said.If people fear to report in case they develop symptoms of being infected with the coronavirus then they may become super-spreader of the virus and cause damage to the society, he said. A total of 197 cases have been registered for violation of lockdown, nine cases for violation of home quarantine and 13 cases related to other incidents violations, he informed media.  Speaking about the latest case, Bagchi said a 29-year-old professional working in Dubai reached Kolkata from Dubai on March 18. From there he travelled alone to Howrah station and from there he boarded a train to Bhadrak, and from Bhadrak station he took an autorickshaw to reach home, he said. Meanwhile, Supreme Court has taken strong note of dissemination of unverified contents through media. 

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