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Delhi Police Arrest 22 for Spreading Rumors

2 people have been arrested for allegedly spreading rumors yesterday about violence erupting in parts of the southeast or west part of the Indian capital which were promptly shut down by Delhi police.

Panic-stricken residents shut themselves inside homes; the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had also shut down gates of some stations which were later reopened.

The rumors surfaced on social media days after four-days of relentless violence that claimed the lives of 46 people and left hundreds injured in Delhi's northeast.

A whopping 1880 panic-stricken calls were made to the Delhi Police on Sunday evening. Most calls came in from West and southeast Delhi while, interestingly, only 2 calls were made from northeast Delhi.

Delhi police said they were closely monitoring the situation and taking action against the social media accounts spreading rumors.

AAP MLA Atishi had also shut down reports of mobs in some parts of south Delhi.

"Have received WhatsApp messages about mobs in Govindpuri and Kalkaji. These rumors are all false. The situation is peaceful. Police are patrolling the area," she said.

46 people died and more than 200 people were injured in the four-day flare-up as armed men went on a looting, burning and thrashing spree in Delhi's northeast. 

Two Special Investigative Teams (SITs) have been constituted under Crime Branch, Delhi Police to probe the violence.

Source: BSS

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