A Viral WhatsApp message claims that trains services will stop running from December 1. The message claims that COVID-19 special trains which were announced by the Government of India to ferry passengers will also be stopped.
However, the message is fake. The circulation of the message on the popular messaging app has caused panic among passengers.
According to the fact check wing of the Press Information Bureau, the claim regarding the operations of trains is totally wrong. It said that the Ministry of Railways has taken no such decision on halting train services.
“It is claimed in a #WhatsApp forward that all trains including the #COVID19 special trains will stop operating after 1st December. #PIBFactCheck: This claim is #Fake. @RailMinIndia has taken no such decision on halting of train services after 1st December,” it said in a tweet.
It is claimed in a #WhatsApp forward that all trains including the #COVID19 special trains will stop operating after 1st December. #PIBFactCheck: This claim is #Fake. @RailMinIndia has taken no such decision on halting of train services after 1st December. pic.twitter.com/3ZeGyCEaOw— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) November 23, 2020
A lot of misinformation and fake news is circulating on social media platforms ever since the coronavirus pandemic hits the country.
The government had in March suspended the train services to restrict the movement of the people. The services were resumed partially in June. Indian Railways is currently running limited trains with strict COVID-19 protocols in place.
If you get any such suspicious message, you can always know its authenticity and check if the news is for real or it is a fake news. For that, you need to send the message to https://factcheck.pib.gov.in. Alternatively you can send a WhatsApp message to +918799711259 for fact check. You can also send your message to [email protected]. The fact check information is also available on https://pib.gov.in.