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2 Arrested In Connection With Controversial Viral Audio Clip On Covid Management In Odisha

Bhubaneswar:  Twin City Commissionerate Police have arrested two persons in connection with the controversial audio clip pertaining to a conversation between two friends allegedly on the state of affairs in COVID management in Odisha.

The arrested are Biswajit Mohanty (47) and Laxmikanta Behera (46) alias Babuni, a press release issued by the Commissionerate Police today said.

“On examination and prima facie investigation, it has been found that the audio recording has been prepared and circulated, edited, uploaded and propagated, with malafide and mischievous intention as the clip contains misleading and false information about COVID pandemic,” the press release stated.

“The mischievous conversation is trying to make others believe that there are false corona positive reports, persons are being shifted to hospital falsely showing them positive there is a certain target for the number of patients to be fetched by hospitals, etc. This goes against the guidelines related to the management of the present disaster and violates many legal provisions, thus attracting criminal action,” it added.

While Biswajit is a businessman by profession and currently resides in Palasuni New Colony under Mancheswar police limits, Laxmikanta an employee of ORTEL Communication resides in GGP Colony, Rasulgarh under Mancheswar police limits, the press release further stated.

The press release said that a criminal case was registered about telecast and circulation of an audio clip with a conversation between two persons on August 8 at Capital police station under sections 269/270/505(b) 120-B IPC Sec 3 ED Act/52 D.M Act.

The Commissionerate Police has said while a further investigation of the case is going on some other persons have been summoned.

It has appealed all not to circulate misleading information and rumours about the pandemic, thus endangering human lives.

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