Noida man arrested for spreading false child-lifting news
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Noida man arrested for spreading false child-lifting news

The accused suspected her to be a child lifter.

Noida man arrested for spreading false child-lifting news

A 19-year-old man was arrested on Friday for reporting a false case of child-lifting on Dial 100.

The accused is identified as Aneesh Kumar, who is a resident of Hoshiarpur village in Sector 51. "Around 10.00 am Kumar made a call on the Uttar Pradesh police's 100 emergency number and informed that a woman was lifting a child," Station House Officer (SHO) sector 49 Dharmendra Kumar Sharma said.

He added, that when the officials reached the spot, it turned out to be false news and the woman he had alleged was mentally unstable.  

The man has been arrested under CrPC Section 151 (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences). During the preliminary investigation it was revealed that the accused thought that she would lift children. He suspected her to be a child lifter, the SHO added.

To fight against such fake news, the Uttar Pradesh Police has initiated #UPPAgainstFakeNews on Twitter. The campaign was started after several incidents of mob violence against false child lifting cases were reported from all over the state.

In a similar incident, on August 28, the Noida Police arrested one Sushil Kumar, a resident of Wajidpur village, for allegedly spreading rumours about the lifting of three children in Sector 135.

On the same day, the Director General (DG) Uttar Pradesh Police, OP Singh, had posted a video urging people not to spread fake news related to child theft. "Don't believe misleading information/rumor regarding child theft. Take help of #UPPolice like a responsible citizen #UPPAgainstFakeNews," tweeted UP police.

Several Facebook and Whatsapp groups and forwards have also been reportedly spreading false news without any verification.

According to a PTI report, 82 people were arrested by UP police for spreading false news till August 29.