A message has gone viral on WhatsApp saying that terrorists are spreading AIDS by injecting people, which is fake according to UP police. The Twitter handle of UP Police fact check said that they completely deny this report, and requested people not to share this misleading information.
कतिपय व्हाट्सएप ग्रुपों में इस प्रकार के भ्रामक मैसेज का प्रसार किया जा रहा है, जिसका @UPPolice पूर्णतया खंडन करती है। कृपया इस भ्रामक पोस्ट को शेयर न करें। #UPPAgainstFakeNews https://t.co/PN58l4yC8R pic.twitter.com/PEQvdrsF2E
— UPPOLICE FACT CHECK (@UPPViralCheck) November 3, 2019
UP Police was responding to a query by a local news outlet from Pratapgarh asking to verify the authenticity of the message which has gone viral on WhatsApp. The message in Hindi said, “if some boys and girls come to your house and say that they are medical students and they offer to do sugar and BP and any other blood test free, then please call the police immediately because they are members of terrorist organisation and their injections have AIDS virus which they will inject into your body in the name of collecting blood. Do not let any unknown person enter your house. Issued in public interest.” The message also asks the recipients to share it as much as possible.
— Pratapgarh Express (@News4Pratapgarh) November 2, 2019
UP Police has confirmed that this is fake news which is being spread by certain WhatsApp groups. They said that they completely dent this allegation, and have asked people not to share this misleading post.
This is not the first time this message is circulating on social media. In 2017 to this message had appeared saying that it was issued by UP Police. But the UP police had denied issued any such advisory.