Chennai police arrested two people on Monday for spreading rumours about the health of chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital here since September 22 after complaining of fever and dehydration.
Cases were filed against the two — one from Chennai and another from Namakkal — for spreading false news about the chief minister on the internet.
Four others, including a France-based blogger, have also been booked on the same charge.
Despite warnings from the Tamil Nadu police that rumour mongers would be punished severely, rumours about her health continue unabated.
The AIADMK launched a social media campaign to counter speculation that the 68-year-old leader is seriously ill or has an incurable disease.
The party tweeted a link on Monday that users could click to change their profile photos on the micro-blogging site to read: “My CM is fine; No more rumours”.
“All is well with Puratchi Thalaivi Amma. Click this link, change your profile pic & put a full stop to rumours,” the party’s Twitter handle wrote.
In a statement on Monday, the Apollo Hospital management said Jayalalithaa was constantly being monitored by intensivists and necessary respiratory support and passive physiotherapy were being given to her.