One More Arrested for Posting 'False' News on Electricity Supply in Chhattisgarh

Saturday, 15 Jun, 3.10 pm

Raipur: A day after a man was arrested on sedition charges over his social media post on power cuts in Chhattisgarh, a journalist was held on Friday for publishing 'false' news over electricity supply in Mahasamund district.

Dilip Sharma, who runs an online news portal, was arrested based on a complaint lodged by Executive Engineer (EE) of electricity department, Mahasamund, S K Sahu, a police officer said.

In his complaint lodged on Thursday, Sahu had alleged that Sharma, in a recently published news, had claimed that there was a blackout in more than 50 villages in Mahasamund for 48 hours which was 'false and baseless', Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Mahasamund, Narad Kumar Suryawanshi, told PTI.

Sharma was booked under IPC section 505 (1) (b) (with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the State or against the public tranquility), he said.