The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is to seek International Police Organization (Interpol) assistance to trace two suspects living in Japan and Australia over circulating fake news related to Covid-19 deaths in Sri Lanka on social media.
Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said that fake news had been circulated in the social media platforms such as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, claiming that dead bodies were found on streets in Sri Lanka due to Covid-19.
It was also claimed that the health authorities of Sri Lanka are unable to control the spread of Covid-19 in the country and that a number of persons died on roads due to insufficient medical treatment, he said.
The Spokesman said that the CID launched a probe over one particular fake news which was published, and accordingly they have arrested two local suspects, a resident of Kadugannawa and Hanthana earlier in this regard.
“According to the forensic computer experts, it has been revealed that another two persons have collaborated on this from Japan and Australia, and they had published various articles containing fake news. Therefore the CID will seek Interpol assistance to trace them,” he said.
The Spokesman urged social media users not to publish or forward news in connection with controversial issues. “People should verify whether such posts are correct. Otherwise, you might be a suspect of a criminal case,” DIG Rohana said.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)
Because it is political motivated, Interpol can not be involved.
Desillusioned Tuesday, 17 November 2020 03:36 PM
Surely Interpol has more important things to do.
Punchi Banda Tuesday, 17 November 2020 10:14 PM
This place s further indication of the Buddhist induced entrenched stupidity that permeates every aspect of Sri Lankan society- the expectation that civilised Christian Australia and civilised Japan are going to consider facebook or other media posts of this nature as criminal activity
ghry Tuesday, 17 November 2020 10:24 PM
Even responsible government spreads such falls news items, then what sort of action/punishment should be served against those government?
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