No Massive Forest Fire In Uttrakhand
The year 2020 has unleashed a lot of wraths — the novel coronavirus pandemic, followed by a cyclone in West Bengal and Odisha and then swarms of locusts nosediving into villages and cities in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
Pictures of forest fire have been circulating on micro-blogging site Twitter with a hashtag trending #PrayForUttarakhand. And also shared on other social media platforms.
However, the Chief Conservator of Forests at Uttarakhand Forest Department said that the public outcry was “misleading” and that “old images are being shared on various social media platforms”.
Similarly, UK Police DG-LO Ashok Kumar, in a tweet, said, “Rumours about a forest fire in Uttarakhand using #uttarakhandwildfire #PrayForUttarakhand are completely false and mischievous. Uttarakhand police are going to lodge FIR against such rumor mongers.”
In another statement, the Uttarakhand Forest Department said many images being shared on social media are from older incidents or even other countries.