For instance, in Dewas District’s Khategaon area thieves were collared and in Ratlam an audio made of confined piglets. The picture and sounds were combined to give an impression of a child-lifters’ gang being nabbed.
In Ratlam District’s Dhodhar area, 15 boys (customers) and eight Banchada girls were caught during law-enforcement action against the flesh trade. The photograph was shared as if the police rescued kidnapped persons.
“I crosschecked both from the superintendents and countered on the groups in question,” the Indian Police Service officer averred.
Rumour-triggered assaults on innocents were also reported in some places.
“Someday, it may escalate to lynching and become a law and order issue. So, please be wary of social media. Awareness via print and electronic journalism should be ensured besides timely countering of hearsay,” Mr Makwana said. (UNI)