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Kolkata Police creates short film to spread awareness on fake news

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police has prepared a video and uploaded the same on Facebook, creating awareness to check circulation of “fake news”, mainly through social media.Following direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the police had been creating awareness among people on how circulation of fake news may lead to deterioration of law and order. The police are also keeping a watch to take immediate action against rumour mongers as spreading fake news is a “punishable offence”.At the end of the 1.08 minute long video, Kolkata Police has left a message that reads: “Do not post anything on social media without confirming an input you may have received. It may lead to confusion, tension and/or unrest. Do not share such posts either. It is a punishable offence.”In the video an office-goer and a youth are seen waiting at a bus-stop. The youth asks the office-goer why there was no bus on the particular route. In reply, the office-goer says that they would not get any bus there as he has received a phone call from one of his colleagues saying that some trouble had initiated at Moulali-Mallick Bazar and it is ‘communal in nature’. The office-goer leaves the bus-stop, saying that he has to reach office by foot.Right at that moment the youth receives a call from another friend, whom he tells over phone that he was yet to get a bus due to ‘communal tension’ at Moulali-Mallick Bazar. Immediately, his friend says that there was a need to give an update in social media. The youth also says that he will be sharing the same in a social media group. After the telephonic conversation, the youth cross checks with a pedestrian whether there was any trouble at Moulali-Mallick Bazar. The pedestrian replies that there was “nothing as such”. The youth finally realises the mistake he was going to do by sharing the “wrong information” on social media.It may be mentioned that Kolkata Police often posts various messages on social networking sites to make people aware of the adverse affects of circulating wrong information.last_img read more

TMC to lodge complaint with EC against intimidation by CRPF

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has decided to lodge a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging intimidation of voters on the part of a section of Central forces that have been deployed in the state for area domination before the Lok Sabha polls.”We have seen that during route march, the Central force in a certain area has been intimidating voters and are resorting to partiality. This is undesirable. Central force should not come with any specific commitment. If they do so, it is unfortunate. The Central forces are deployed by the Election Commission for boosting the confidence of voters. The force should act neutrally,” state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said on the sidelines of a party meeting of the Kolkata South constituency at Nazrul Manch on Saturday. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSenior TMC leader Mala Roy, who is the chairperson of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, is the candidate from the constituency. “Our all India general secretary Subrata Bakshi along with Partha Chatterjee will soon move the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Bengal with a complaint in this regard,” said Hakim. Hakim added that when the state government had earlier sought Central forces for disturbance in Junglemahal, the Centre did not comply. “Now 135 companies have come for the Lok Sabha elections. I am not aware whether such a large contingent of Central force is in Kashmir,” he added. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhile addressing the meeting, Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said: “The job of the Central force is to ensure peaceful elections. But we have seen in a video footage that they are trying to terrorise voters. Do they have the right to do so? We will go as far as we can to address this issue.” He alleged that the BJP is trying to project themselves as ‘Bahubalis’ and so such a huge contingent has been deployed in the state. During his address, Hakim claimed that the people of the state have united to vote for Chief Minister Mamatra Banerjee and the all-round development of the state. “Central forces were also deployed during the bypoll at Maheshtala and Uluberia, but people in the state have voted for Trinamool candidates and they had won convincingly in both the seats. People will be electing the TMC candidates in Lok Sabha as well, irrespective of deployment of Central forces,” he maintained.last_img read more