Mumbai : The Maharashtra Police Unit have been asked to join several whatsapp groups to stay connected with the public. This moves comes after the heart wrenching Dhule lynching incident on 1st July, where five people were lynched by a mob who suspected them to be child lifters.
The incident apparently happened, reportedly because of the rumours spread through social media-fuelled that a gang of child-lifters was active in the area.
According to a fake message which went viral on WhatsApp, people in Dhule ended in beating up five people to death. There have been many such incidents over the last few days on the basis of the news spread on social media.
According to the sources, the police officer gave the order to become the member of whatsApp groups informally. It has been instructed to take appropriate action to stop people from spreading rumours.
Recently, DGP Datta Pansalgikar has appealed citizens to register such cases with police immediately, where they feel such information might be harmful to society. The police will take the necessary steps to prevent it.
The authorities also appealed people to first verify the link, rumours with the local police, instead of forwarding anything on WhatsApp or other social media.
Soon, WhatsApp is going to launch a new feature in India, to tackle the fake news and the rumours which gets viral over WhatsApp, sources said.