THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala state police chief Loknath Behera said that 19 cases have been registered against fake campaigns conducted on social media over flood relief. Probe against the cases has already begun.
Behera opined that people have been spreading false rumours and false campaign on the relief works. The perpetrators will be arrested and prosecuted as per the law.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan called such instances as "anti-social" elements. He also announced action against people who discourage others from contributing to the Kerala chief minister's flood relief.
He added that the citizens should take a combined effort to prevent the spreading of false news regarding floods.
Chief Ministers' Disaster Relief Fund is an official and all the money will be used distress relief only.
Many volunteers have reported that they did not get donations allocated to them because of the false rumours.
Heavy rains have hit most districts in the state which left over 80 people dead. Over 2.6 lakh people have been housed in around 1,500 relief camps across Kerala.
The state witnessed a massive flood last year which was said to be the worst flood to hit the state since the 1920s.