The Bengaluru City Police’s official Twitter handle on Monday rubbished a hoax message that is doing the rounds about terrorists, involved in the serial Sri Lanka blasts, being spotted in the city early last week.
In the tweet, accompanied by screenshots of the viral set of messages, the police has urged people not fall for or forward such the message.
The tweet can be viewed below
BOOM had also received the viral message on its WhatsApp helpline number (7700906111) with a caption claiming they are suspects in the recent Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka who were now spotted in Bengaluru.
The messages mention an alleged spotting of the terrorists involved in the serial Sri Lanka blasts on Easter Sunday, in Bengaluru.
“These are pics of Shrilanka blast suspects that Bangalore police who visited our apartment today have given us. They are looking for them as they are expected to be in Bangalore. The Police told us that these four people have entered Bangalore as seen in airport cctvs. And they maybe planning an attack in any of the IT parks. So we should lookout for people who come for interviews and for renting apartment. Our s being somewhat on the outskirts,so they came down. Yes we can share the information,” (sic.) read the message.
Another Whatsapp forward features a collage of five people, allegedly identified as the Sri Lanka blasts accused and warns citizens to be safe as they “plan to hit the city with a similar attack,” in the city as well.
Swasti Chatterjee is a fact-checker and the Deputy News Editor of Boom's Bangla team. She has worked in the mainstream media, in the capacity of a reporter and copy editor with The Times of India, The Indian Express and NDTV.com and is now working as a digital detective, debunking fake news.