The cybercrime wing of the Chennai city police took two persons into custody today for spreading false information on chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s health condition.
Police named T. Maniselvam (28), a bank staff in Ottapidaram, Thoothukudi district, and S. Balasundaram(48), an employee of a private firm in Pammal, as accused.
In the past few days, some posts appeared on social media, spreading false and malicious rumours about Jayalalithaa’s health. In this regard, nearly 50 complaints were received by the Greater Chennai Police and cases were registered and taken up for investigation.
The cybercrime police began taking action after the AIADMK IT wing lodged a complaint against a woman, Tamizachi, who posted wrong information on Facebook about Jayalalithaa’s health condition. Tamizachi is said to be living in France.
On Monday, the police arrested Satish Kumar, 26, and Madasamy, 25, for spreading rumours about CM’s health. Satish Kumar is a native Namakkal while Madasamy hails from Madurai.
Police warned that these offences were liable to be punished with rigorous imprisonment for more than 7 years.
Users of social media are advised not to spread false, malicious and motivated information regarding the health condition of the Chief Minister, police said and warned that stern action will be taken against the culprits, if any such content is noticed.