In an unprecedented step, Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration on Tuesday lodged an FIR against three persons for spreading rumours that could have affected social harmony in the city and state at large.
The accused, who are residents of Tallaiya, had flashed an fabricated story on social messenger Whatsapp that some localities in the walled city had received red water from taps, which get water supply from the BMC.
The inherent message of the story was that it was blood of the goats sacrificed during Eid-ul-Zuha that had mixed with drinking water. A report to this effect was also telecast by some local news channels on Tuesday morning before the BMC administration swung into action and lodged an FIR in view of the fact that in the past few months the messages and events reported on social media networks had led to communal flare-up in various parts of the state.
Later a press communiqué the BMC said that commissioner Tejaswi Naik received information that residents of Tallaiya were receiving murky water.
Naik sent a team for inspection. In the inspection, team found that Ajeet Jain, Arvind Jain and Manoj Agrawal were getting water by fitting motor directly to the pipeline and there was no water supply from the BMC at that hour.
BMC also warned anti-social elements not to spread such rumours on social media networks or elsewhere BMC would be take tough action against them.