A video of the Delhi Police officials claiming that coaching centres paying guest (PG) accommodations in the national Capital’s Mukherjee Nagar area are being shut down went viral on social media. However, police said that the video is doctored and said that they have registered a case against the culprits involved in making fake video and circulating it on social media.
The video purportedly showing Delhi Police officials, including an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) rank official, instructing students to not stay in Mukherjee Nagar between December 24 and January 2 due to critical law and order situation in the city had gone viral on social media platforms days ago.
According to Vijayanta Arya, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), North West district, police have registered a case under section 464/471 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 66(c) IT Act at Mukhrejee Nagar police station and police have also written to social media platforms to remove the video as it has been edited so as to place it out of context.
“No such direction has been issued by police and it is a doctored video. Fake messages are being circulated on social media on closure of PGs and hostels in Mukherjee Nagar area to create panic,” said the DCP.
In the video which went viral on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, a police officer is purportedly telling people that PGs, libraries, coaching centres and restaurants in Mukherjee Nagar will be shut from December 24 evening to January 2. He advises students to book tickets and leave for their homes, considering it their winter break.
The police officer is also heard telling the crowd that the law and order situation is critical in Delhi, section 144 of the Criminal Penal Code has been imposed and warns of severe action against those who would create any kind of nuisance.
A fake notice from station house officer, Mukherjee Nagar, claiming that coaching centres and paying guest (PG) accommodations in the area were being shut down was also circulated in students’ social media groups, according to police.