Kolkata Police to probe fake Eid holiday notification
The fake notification doing the rounds on social media
The Kolkata Police have initiated an investigation into what it called a fake notification issued in the name of West Bengal government regarding holidays for Eid. The fake Eid holiday notification was being circulated on social networking sites.
“A fake notification is doing the rounds in social media about Eid holidays. It is false. Those who have masterminded this will be strictly dealt with as per law,” the Kolkata Police said in a post on its Facebook page.
The Kolkata Police also shared this on its Twitter handle.
A fake notification is doing the rounds in social media about Eid Holidays. It is false. Those who have masterminded this will be strictly dealt with as per law. pic.twitter.com/y5rRAa7QDP
— Kolkata Police (@KolkataPolice) June 10, 2018
The fake notification came under a letterhead of the West Bengal Finance Department, which also carried the Biswa Bangla logo. It announced holidays from June 12 to June 16 to celebrate the Eid festival.
While the state government has only declared June 16 as a public holiday for Eid, the fake notification read: “In order to celebrate Eid festival, which falls on 12 June to 15 June, 2018, in a befitting manner, the Governor is pleased to declare state government holiday on 12 to 15 June, 2018, in addition to 16 June, 2018, which has already been notified as a public holiday.”
The notification, which bore the purported signature of Additional Secretary Rajsekhar Bandyopadhyay, added: “All state government offices including educational institutions, rural and urban local bodies, development authorities, boards, corporations and state government undertakings shall remain closed on those five days.”
West Bengal Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma said attempts had been made on social media to mislead people. “Our efforts are on to identify those behind this notification,” a report in The Indian Express quoted Sharma as saying.