FIRs have been registered against seventeen organisations for spreading rumors about the fire in forests of Uttarakhand on social media.
CM Trivendra Singh Rawat said that old pictures of forest fires in Chile and China are being circulated on social media. He request everyone to not believe in such a motivated campaign. Some people spread rumors on social media about the fire in forests of Uttarakhand. They were using old pictures of forest fires of 2016 and 2017. They have registered FIR against them under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and IT act 2017.
Legal action will be taken against them, said Ashok Kumar, Director General on Wednesday. Forest fires are not uncommon in Uttarakhand. In 2018 there were instance of 3000 fires which is considerably low this year.