Rayagada: Rayagada Police on Friday arrested a youth for allegedly spreading fake news about the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The accused has been identified as Satyanarayan Samal alias Dipu (32) of Ambadola.
According to reports, Satyanarayan in a post on Facebook about a person being tested positive for deadly coronavirus. He claimed that a person recently returning from Kerala has been tested positive for coronavirus.
Subsequently, the district police on the on a directive issued by Rayagada Collector Pramod Kumar Behera launched a verification and found that the news was fabricated.
Police said that the accused has been arrested under section 153A, 504, 505(1)(b) and 507 of Indian Penal Code(IPC).