The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has launched an investigation into a social media fake story that misled the public about an island-wide curfew order.
According to the relevant post, an island-wide curfew is expected to go into effect from ‘today until the 17th of May,’ according to Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana.
He stated that it is illegal to instill fear in the general public through such activities.
As a result, investigations will be conducted to apprehend the individuals who created the aforementioned fake news item, and legal action will be taken against them, according to the police spokesperson.
Meanwhile, 187 people were arrested yesterday for failing to comply with quarantine regulations.
He stated that these people were arrested within the last 24 hours for not wearing face masks and failing to maintain social distance.
The Trincomalee division has had the most arrests (45), while the Mount Lavinia division has had 21 arrests, including 08 employees at a massage clinic who had failed to follow quarantine rules and regulations, he said.
In addition, the Sri Lanka Police have deployed officers in mufti and uniform to monitor the situation, according to a police spokesman. He stated that a total of 4,642 people have been arrested in connection with the same offenses since October 30th, 2020.