CID Arrests 3 For Circulating Rumours On Morphine Virus Outbreak

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Kolkata: The CID West Bengal arrested three people on Saturday for spreading
rumours that several people are admitted to the Bongaon sub-divisional hospital
after falling prey to the ‘Morphine Virus’ outbreak.

The CID West Bengal on Friday night came to know that the rumour is being spread
through WhatsApp regarding outbreak of “Morphine virus” in Bongaon Sub Division.

To make the message look genuine quotes attributed to Doctors in the area were also
incorporated in the WhatsApp message and it was attributed to the State government.
It was also claimed in the message that this virus spreads through local fish.

CID and North 24 PGN district police jointly identified that this rumour is being
spread from a WhatsApp group “Bangaon Local” and arrested all the three group admin
namely Amit Dutta s/o Anil Dutta, Avi Kundu s/o Prabir Kundu and Abrajit Roy s/o
(Late) Tarak Roy.

Also detained one of the group member of this group Sanjib Biswas s/o Subodh Biswas
who forwarded this message to more than 200 whatsapp users. All are from Bongaon PS
area.

Prima facie it is found that this fake message has also spread to Bankura and
Chinsurah( Hooghly). Investigation of the case is proceeding.

Any member of public wishing to inform police about such messages that are being spread to create panic is requested to inform OC Cyber Patrol Cell at +91 86979 85495.

Reporting By: Soyeta Bhattacharya

Edited By: Saheli Dey

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