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Himanta Biswa Sarma clears air on tweet

False screenshot of health minister's verified twitter account claiming 8 more persons were affected with Covid-19 did the rounds of social media on Monday
Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

A Staff Reporter   |   Guwahati   |   Published 11.05.20, 07:40 PM

A “fake” screenshot of Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s verified Twitter account claiming that eight more persons in the state had tested positive was doing the rounds since Monday morning.

It also made a false claim that the number of total Covid-19 patients in the state has increased to 70.

The image circulated through WhatsApp initially created panic among the users as it looked like an original screenshot of the minister’s Twitter handle. However, later it was termed “fake” as the minister’s original Twitter handle did not have any such post.

Sarma, quite active on social media, regularly provides vital information about the state’s Covid-19 updates through his Twitter handle.

Immediately after the matter caught the minister’s attention, he clarified that it was a “fake” one and asked the state police to look into the matter.

Attaching the “morphed” image, he tweeted: “I have noted with deep concern an altered/morphed screenshot of my tweet – where the numbers have been changed. Asking @assampolice to immediately file an FIR and investigate @DGPAssamPolice.”

The city branch is currently investigating the case.

State police have been also receiving complaints that scamsters pretending to be helpline officials were duping stranded people in the name of providing travel support.


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