HYDERABAD: Social media users are claiming that there will be a three-day lockdown and internet shutdown in Rajasthan to avoid copying during Rajasthan Teacher Eligibility Test (REET) scheduled to be held on September 26.

"In view of the REET exam, the state government has declared a three-day lockdown and internet shutdown in entire Rajasthan. To prevent copying, common people, laborers will be stopped except students from going from one district to another. Vehicles and government officials with emergency service are also exempted and all business establishments, schools, colleges, coaching institutions will remain completely closed. Order for lockdown and internet shutdown dated 24 September 5 pm to 26 September evening Will be in effect till 7 pm. No Call Only Whatsapp Message (sic)," reads the message.

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Netizens claim that there will be a lockdown and internet shutdown in Rajasthan from September 24 to September 26. All business establishments, schools, colleges, coaching institutions will remain completely closed, the users claim.

FACT CHECK:

The claim is false.

Jaipur Police said no such guidelines have been issued regarding a lockdown or internet shutdown in Rajasthan. "From September 24 to September 26, no guidelines have been issued regarding the rumor of lockdown and internet shutdown in Rajasthan. Please do not spread such rumors or pay attention to such rumors, otherwise, legal action will be taken against those spreading rumors," police tweeted.

The official Twitter account of Rajasthan Police also clarified the rumors. "The news of lockdown and internet shutdown in the state being circulated on social media regarding #REET2021 examination is baseless and misleading. - Spreading Fake News is punishable by law," it said.

Evidently, it is clear that there will not be any internet shutdown or lockdown on the eve of REET in the state.

Thus, the claim is false.

Claim Review :   A 3-day lockdown and internet shutdown will take place in Rajasthan during REET.
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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