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People urged not to believe in rumours

By Correspondent

HAFLONG, July 7 - Following the recent untoward incidents that have taken place in some parts of Dima Hasao due to fear psychosis among the people, the district administration under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner Amitabh Rajkhowa and Superintendent of Police Prasanta Saikia called an emergency meeting at the Haflong circuit house on Thursday.

The meeting was well attended by the representatives of different communities, women organisations, students� bodies and others. A joint appeal was made to the public, especially, the people of Dima Hasao to act responsibly and not to be swayed away by any rumours instigating hatred mostly on the social media such as facebook, twitter, whatsapp etc.

Although there have been several attempts by the district administration to prevent people from believing such fake news which do not have any base or authenticity, such incidents keep on being reported.

The recent incident at Mahur in Dima Hasao was a result of such rumour where three �sadhus� travelling through the town were suspected to be child lifters and hundreds of people gathered. The situation was immediately brought under control when the police personnel and army people came to rescue them. Their belongings that included clothes, mouth spray and other medicines were rummaged by the people present and the situation aggravated after the pictures were shared on social media.

The people of the district have beeen urged not to take law into their hands and to report to the authorities immediately if any suspicious activity is noticed. The police has also appealed to people to widely circulate the helpline number/ whatsapp (+91 9435422555/ +91 8638389873) for any help or report.

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