Man arrested for circulating fake govt order on lockdown

Hyderabad: The city police on Monday arrested a man who was allegedly involved in preparing and circulating the fake Government Order (G.O) which said that a lockdown was being imposed in Telangana.

Police Commissioner of Hyderabad, Anjani Kumar, on Monday said that Sreepathi Sanjeev Kumar, who is a chartered accountant and native of Nellore District in Andhra Pradesh, was arrested in a joint operation by the officials of the task force and cyber crime departments.

On April 1, the accused person with the help of his laptop had manipulated an older G.O, No. 45, of the Telangana government which was issued during the COVID-19 lockdown earlier. As per the police, the accused forged the G.O and prepared it as a fresh one and circulated the same through his WhatsApp number.

Police said that Sanjeev circulated the fake G.O to as many as 40 WhatsApp groups and the same was circulated widely by the public. The police have recovered the laptop and the mobile phone through which he has prepared and circulated the fake G.O after his arrent.

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