Thursday, January 5, 2017

Nepali Singers Arrested for Posts about Fatal Red Number Calls

Himalayan Times
4 January 2017

KATHMADNU:  Police have arrested two Nepali singers for terrorising people with a ‘red number’ call hoax on social media, on Wednesday.

A team deployed from the Crime Investigation Bureau (CIB) nabbed Prashna Pandey and Deepak Baraili for spreading rumours on Facebook and Twitter that people could receive calls from certain red numbers and that would leave adverse effects on the receivers’ health.

Singer Pandey, on her Facebook account, had posted that she got a call from the ‘red number’. Many online portals had published reports on the basis of her post.

But, when police interrogated her, she denied getting a call from the number.

Similarly, the police investigation found that Baraili had downloaded an app which would automatically convert the default number into red while getting a call. […]

My Republica [Nepal]
6 January 2017

KATHMANDU, Jan 5: The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police on Wednesday dismissed rumors of serious health hazards and even death if anyone receives calls from red-colored number.

Following the recent rumors and related news items that went viral in social networking sites, the police have also detained two singers - Prashana Pandey and Dipak Barayeli - for sharing the fake call posts with 'terror' alerts on their Facebook pages. […]