A message is being circulated on social media and WhatsApp with a claim that Military lockdown is being imposed in Mumbai and Pune for 10 days starting from Saturday (May 9, 2020) onwards.
“Entire Mumbai and pune will be under Military lockdown for 10 days starts from Saturday. So please stock everything.
Groceries vegetables. City is going to hand over Army. Might Udhav thackeray releasing Control.
Only milk and medicine will be available…..please inform your Mumbai friends if one stays ……🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻” the message read.
NewsMobile fact-checked the viral message and found the claim to be false.
We ran a search and did not find any credible news report supporting the viral claim.
We then found a tweet by the Press Information Bureau, Maharashtra, stating that no Army/Navy personnel are being deployed for maintaining law and order in the city and the message is FAKE.
Claim: A #WhatsApp forward says there’ll be a military lockdown in Mumbai for 10 days, starting from Saturday#PIBFactCheck: Message is #Fake. No Army/Navy personnel are being deployed for maintaining law and order in the city @adgpi @indiannavy pic.twitter.com/mwcetEsas1
— PIB in Maharashtra 🇮🇳 #MaskYourself 😷 (@PIBMumbai) May 8, 2020
We also found a tweet by Mumbai Police, rubbishing the viral claim.
We know there is a lot of free time. But it can definitely be utilised to do things better than spreading #rumours ! Neither do you need to hoard essentials nor is the army or paramilitary being called out. Just stay calm & stay home. That’s all we need to do to combat #corona .
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) May 7, 2020
The above information proves that the viral message in circulation is false.
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