A notice that warns people of Rs 11,000 fine for roaming on the streets or opening shops on March 22 is circulating on social media in the name of Delhi police. It is noteworthy that the purported circular is being shared in the view of the ‘Junta curfew’ announced by prime minister Narendra Modi on March 22 between 7 am and 9 pm in the view of the coronavirus outbreak.

Posted by Pooja Chan on Saturday, 21 March 2020

Alt News has received multiple fact-check requests for the same on its official mobile application. The circular reads, “दिल्ली पुलिस की तरफ से दी गई लोगो के लिए सुचना 22-03-2020 को कोई भी व्यक्ति दिल्ली में बिना किसी बड़ी वजह के घूमता हुआ, दुकान खोलता हुआ, दिल्ली से बाहर जाता हुआ पाया गया तो ऐसे व्यक्तियों पर जुर्माना लगाया जायेगा 11000 रू० का क्योकि ऐसे बाहर घूमते हुए 1 व्यक्ति से लोगो को इन्फेक्शन होने का खतरा रहता है |”

Fake notice

Lack of media reports on the purported notice hints that it is fake. Alt News was also unable to locate it on Delhi police website. DCP South Delhi tweeted that the notice is fake and hasn’t been issued by them.

“We have NOT issued any such advisory on imposition of a fine on March 22. Please tell your family and friends that this is FALSE & FAKE,” reads the tweet.

Earlier, a restricted movement order issued by the Malaysian government was getting circulated as a press release by PMO India.

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Pooja Chaudhuri is a senior editor at Alt News.