3 held for rumours on virus outbreak

West Bengal’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested three persons, who were administrators of a WhatsApp group, for allegedly spreading rumours about an outbreak of “morphine virus” in the State. CID has also detained a member of the group for forwarding the message to more than 200 users of the instant messaging platform. CID officials said that there was “no such thing as a morphine virus.”

According to CID officials, it came to their notice on Friday night that a rumour regarding an ‘outbreak of morphine virus’ in the Bangaon Sub Division of North 24 Paraganas district was being circulated through WhatsApp group “Bangaon Local”. The accused were arrested on the same night.

“To make the message look genuine, quotes were attributed to doctors in the area. The message itself was attributed to the West Bengal government,” stated a release issued by CID. The message claimed that the virus was spreading through consumption of local fish.

The three accused — identified as Avi Kundu, Amit Dutta and Abrajit Roy — all administrators of the WhatsApp group, are residents of the Bangaon police station area.

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