HYDERABAD: An image with the Uttar Pradesh (UP) police logo is viral on social media. Users claim that UP police is undertaking a 30-day mask checking drive in the state.
"From 9 am tomorrow, a 30-day-long mask checking drive will begin under all police station limits of Uttar Pradesh. Everyone should wear a mask to avoid being fined or be jailed temporarily for ten hours. Issued by Uttar Pradesh police (sic)," reads the English translation of the message in Hindi.( archive )
NewsMeter found that the claim is false as no such statement was made by the UP police.
The UP police refuted the claims. Police said it has neither undertaken any such campaign and nor has circulated any information regarding the same.
The official account of UP police stated in a tweet said that no such information had been disseminated. "No such 30-day campaign of mask checking is being launched by the Uttar Pradesh Police, nor has any such information been disseminated. Do not pay attention to such misleading news, whoever spreads such misleading messages, necessary legal action will be taken against them," UP police tweeted.
The official account " Call 112", the platform that assists the police, fire, ambulance, or other emergency services in Uttar Pradesh also retweeted the UP police post.
Various other media organizations such as the Hindustan Times have also flagged the false news.
Evidently, it is clear that the news is fake.